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Running head: ARMENIAN GENOCIDE1Understanding the Context and Legacy of the Armenian GenocideStudent’s nameInstitutional affiliation
ARMENIAN GENOCIDE 2Understanding the Context and Legacy of the Armenian Genocide Introduction Be it ethnic, national, or familial, history is perceived to be the one that defines who an individual is as a person. Throughout the history of mankind, the eras have been especially defined by the periods of peace, and also periods of conflict. With the passage of time, the way through which conflicts are done has continued to evolve, thus the history comprises of countlessdissimilarities of harm and combat. Among the most devastating forms of conflict and attack on culture is genocide (Galip, 2019). From the perspective of Merriam-Webster, genocide is perceived to be a deliberate and organized annihilation of a cultural, political, or racial, group. A deeper definition however is derived from the United Nations’ definition of a genocide which includes a series of acts committed with the intention of destroying in part or in whole, a racial, anational, religious, or ethnical group. These acts include; the killing of the members belonging tothe particular group, causing of the serious mental or bodily harm to them, deliberate infliction ofthe life conditions on the group aimed at bringing to them physical destruction, imposing on the group measures that are aimed at preventing births in that group, and forceful transfer of childrenfrom that group into a different one (Monger, 2018). Whereas each and every human extermination attempt has brought about its own exclusive and heartbreaking backstory, there arevarious factors they share in common. Some of the common aspects witnessed among the genocides include the religious and racial tensions, combined with the desperation by the “attacking” party. Among the cases that have been researches, one that has been among the tragic, and yet under-researched mass killings is the one of the Armenian Genocide. The researchwill dig into the Armenian Genocide with particular interest on its causes, explore the
ARMENIAN GENOCIDE 3ramifications of this assault upon humanity, how the technology was involved, and its legacy in shaping the modern history. History Of ConflictIn order to get a full understanding of the events which unfolded between the 1915 and 1917, during which the Armenian Genocide had the greatest toll on the people, it is crucial to understand the history of that conflict. The most important part of that history that needs understanding is the religious conflict that was experienced within the region. Violence between the Islamic and Christian groups was not something new in the Middle East before 1915. This region had been exposed to a series of Crusades religious wars, particularly the seven war series which had begun 1095, and periodically continued through 1291 (Bandak, 2019). Even during the era of Muhammad, there were still religious wars taking place as he made strategies to