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The Political Atmosphere Preceding the Genocide

Raymond Kévorkian

Dr. Kévorkian discusses the events that led to the Armenian Genocide.


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April 2016

The Political Atmosphere Preceding the Genocide

Historian Raymond Kévorkian explains the political atmosphere and the events that preceded the Armenian Genocide. A combination of factors—social and economic developments, the cultural renaissance of the Armenians just before WWI, their economic weight in the Ottoman Empire and finally their identity as Christians and non-Turkish people caught in a struggle for political power—contributed to the development of policies by the newly formed Turkish government to drive them out of the new republic.

Produced by AGBU WebTalks in partnership with the Zoryan Institute.

Dr. Raymond Kevorkian is a French Armenian historian and author of The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History. His writings and research focus on the events of the Armenian Genocide, its impact on the surviving Armenian communities across the diaspora and in the formation of the Turkish state. For many years, Dr. Kevorkian served as the director of the AGBU Nubarian Library in Paris. In 2010, Dr. Kevorkian received the Presidential Award from Armenian President Serge Sargsyan in recognition of his enormous contributions to Armenian studies. He is a member of Société de Géographie, a board member of International Association for Armenian Studies, and a foreign member the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.