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A General Appraisal Of The Armenian Issue


The Armenian issue was one of the many issues which plagued the Ottoman Empire in its later days, corresponding to the last quarter of the 19th century. By the year 1878, all major Christian peoples of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans had created their independent or autonomous states. During this process, no attention was paid to the fact that the Muslim and/or Turkish population of the Balkans were a very numerous element, that they had lived there for centuries, that in many areas they constituted majority. All three major national movements – the Serbian, Greek and Bulgarian movements – were determined that the Muslim/Turkish population should leave, that if need be, that they should be exterminated. It was against this background that the Armenian issue was raised. Speculation is incompatible with serious historiography. However, one cannot resist the temptation of asking whether or not Muslim- Armenian peaceful coexistence might not have been possible, if World War I had not intervened. Today, we are entering a new phase in the Armenian issue. The attention that the Diaspora Armenians and Armenian propaganda has been able to get from the European Parliament, the US Congress and similar bodies, may be seen as a success for them. However, it is far from certain that they will be able to get exactly what they want. As more balanced views of the Armenian issue become prevalent in Western scholarship, these will gradually filter down to the media and thus in turn influence public opinion. Armenians of the Diaspora (and those who had lived in the Soviet Union), seeing that their exaggerated views are no longer accepted, that they are being subjected to critical examination, will have to let go of their passionate positions. Perhaps then, a symbolic reconciliation and a scholarly dialogue will be possible.

Yayınlandığı Kaynak : Review of Armenian Studies
  • Yıl : 2015
  • Cilt : 0
  • ISSN : 1303-5304
  • Sayı : 31
  • Sayfa Aralığı : 0-0
  • IO Kayıt No : 19096
  • Yayıncı : Terazi Yayıncılık