Title

Racial Paranoia: How the Ottoman Empire Destroyed Itself in Two Decades

Date

5-30-2013 11:15 AM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

Department

History

Session Chair

Max G. Geier

Session Title

History M.A. Program: Graduate Research Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This essay attempts to analyze how social Darwinism among the Turks of Anatolia ultimately led to the Armenian genocide, which solidified the eventual loss of World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The Turks feared for their ability to maintain a nation of their own if they allowed minorities to gain too much power in Anatolia so they began the systematic execution of Armenians, even those fighting in their own military. Rather than focusing on helping their allies in the war effort, the Turks grew obsessed with defending their rights to nationhood from European imperialism and their desperation served only to destroy their empire.

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May 30th, 11:15 AM

Racial Paranoia: How the Ottoman Empire Destroyed Itself in Two Decades

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

This essay attempts to analyze how social Darwinism among the Turks of Anatolia ultimately led to the Armenian genocide, which solidified the eventual loss of World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The Turks feared for their ability to maintain a nation of their own if they allowed minorities to gain too much power in Anatolia so they began the systematic execution of Armenians, even those fighting in their own military. Rather than focusing on helping their allies in the war effort, the Turks grew obsessed with defending their rights to nationhood from European imperialism and their desperation served only to destroy their empire.