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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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Demographic Policy and the Annihilation of the Armenians

Demographic Policy and the Annihilation of the Armenians

(p.227) Eight Demographic Policy and the Annihilation of the Armenians
The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity

Taner Akçam

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers how the annihilation of the Armenians, as an outcome of a sequence of decisions, led to questions arising about the possible relationship between demographic policy and genocidal practice. It argues that there was such a causal relationship. Demographic anxieties shaped the Armenian deportations: the population ratios where Armenians were deported and where they remained were decisive, and the deportations were carried accordingly. Only three factors appear to have prevented the ethnic cleansing of the Ottoman Greeks from escalating into genocide: the Great War had not yet begun, there was a country to which the Greeks could be expelled, and the Armenian-inhabited regions to the east were potentially subject to Russian occupation and eventual Armenian statehood.

Keywords:   Armenians, demographic policy, genocidal practice, Armenian deportations, population ratio, Great War, Armenian statehood, Russian occupation

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