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The Young Turks' Crime against HumanityThe Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire$
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Taner Akçam

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153339

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153339.001.0001

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Final Steps in the Decision-Making Process

Final Steps in the Decision-Making Process

(p.157) Six Final Steps in the Decision-Making Process
The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity

Taner Akçam

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that the fear that the English were going to land somewhere in the Iskenderun region, and following this, the commencement of a great naval movement in order to seize Istanbul, led the Unionists to believe that the end of the empire was certainly at hand. The first deportation decision was made under these circumstances. The evacuation of Armenians from certain regions due to military and political reasons presaged another important turning point. The fact that the European states were at war played an important role in these deportations, which were carried out first in Dortyol and then in Zeytun, both in the region of Cilicia. The chapter shows how the Unionists believed that the war created favorable conditions for them, but the proper time had not yet arrived.

Keywords:   Unionists, English, deportation decision, Armenians, European states, Cilicia, Armenian evacuation, Armenian deportations

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