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Morgenthau, Henry / The tragedy of Armenia
(1918)

The greatest horror in history,   pp. 3-[16] ff. PDF (4.0 MB)


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-mbracing periods contemporaneous with the
ancient Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Par-
thians-is still a source of pride to them, and their
religion-Christianity-is and has been the great
moral force sustaining and inspiring them against
the attacks of the many hordes that have emerged
from Central Asia and passed through their
territory on their way to Europe.
TREATMENT OF ARMENIANS
BY YOUNG TURKS
The successful revolution of the Young Turks
in 1908, which resulted in the deposition of
Sultan Abdul Hamid, was hailed by all the
world as the dawn of a new era for Turkey.
Everyone was delighted at the substitution of a
modern, progressive government in place of the
much detested, tyrannous rule of Abdul Harid.
The greatest rejoicings were amongst the Ar-
menians. They promptly offered their assistance
to the new Party, which promised equal rights
to all citizens under a constitutional government.
I have not the space here to elaborate on the
fact that the performance of the 'Government
was a terrible disappointment after everyone's
expectations had been so great. The massacres
at Adana in 1909, and the rapid development
of the domineering and Chauvinistic attitude of
the Young Turks soon dispelled all the illusions
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