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.
* Intellectual, political, military leaders orchestrate Young Turk
Revolution and oust Sultan Abdul Hamid, who had been responsible for a
number of Armenian massacres.
* Ultranationalists within Young Turk government stage military coup,
suspend constitution and install military dictatorship.
* World War I begins, Entente Powers -- Great Britain, France and
Russia -- begin invading Turkey, which sides with Germany,
Austria-Hungary in the war.
* Armenians are suspected of collusion with the Russian army, which is
invading Turkey from the northeast.
* 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
to march south with whatever belongings they can carry through dangerous
mountain terrain. They were given little food, rest or protection from
* Armistice is signed between Turkey and Allies that releases
Armenians back to their homes.
* General Armistice declared between Central Powers and Allies.