06 Mar 15

In this lecture, “Why Genocide? The Fate of the Armenians and Assyrians at the End of the Ottoman Empire,” historian Ronald Suny details how, in February 1915, the Young Turks of the Ottoman Empire ordered the deportations and killings of thousands of Armenians and Assyrians. By 1922, between six hundred thousand and one million men, women, and children had been killed. They either died in massacres directly through the hands of Turks, or they lost their lives through starvation and emaciation on long death marches to the Syrian Desert. Addressing the many scholars which claim that these tragic events cannot be defined as genocide, Suny explains how such a denialist account fails both empirically and morally.