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Timeline of Armenian Genocide

Karen S. Kim

The following events led up to and represented the Armenian Genocide,

in which 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Turkish forces.

July 1908

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* Intellectual, political, military leaders orchestrate Young Turk

Revolution and oust Sultan Abdul Hamid, who had been responsible for a

number of Armenian massacres.

1913

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* Ultranationalists within Young Turk government stage military coup,

suspend constitution and install military dictatorship.

August 1914

* World War I begins, Entente Powers -- Great Britain, France and

Russia -- begin invading Turkey, which sides with Germany,

Austria-Hungary in the war.

December 1914

* Armenians are suspected of collusion with the Russian army, which is

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invading Turkey from the northeast.

February 1915

* About 100,000 Armenian soldiers are removed from Turkish army,

disarmed, placed in labor battalions and eventually killed through

exhaustion, starvation and murder.

April 1915 * About 5,000 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders are

arrested, imprisoned and murdered.

May 1915 * Convoys of Armenians are removed from homes and villages and forced

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to march south with whatever belongings they can carry through dangerous

mountain terrain. They were given little food, rest or protection from

frequent attacks.

October 1918

* Armistice is signed between Turkey and Allies that releases

Armenians back to their homes.

November 1918

* General Armistice declared between Central Powers and Allies.


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