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Armenian Atrocities (World War One)

19 Mar 2015

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Where can I find information on atrocities committed against Armenians during World War One?

LEVEL: Secondary

The atrocities committed against Christian Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish Empire that began in 1915 are still extremely controversial. Some countries recognise these events as genocide. A list of these countries can be found on the website of the Armenian National Institute. New Zealand and Australia are not on this list.   

HOT TIP: The Armenian National Institute is an American based organisation dedicated to researching these atrocities. America is one of the nations that recognises these events as genocide - this fact is worth remembering if you look at other areas of this website such as their FAQs.  

For a New Zealand perspective on the events, there is a very informative article on NZHistory. To find it choose the First World War link from the homepage. From there scroll down the page and select 'Gallipoli and the Balkans'. Next choose 'The Ottoman Empire' - page 6, 'The Armenians' Suffering', is the one to look at.

HOT TIP: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have either .govt or .ac, meaning they are from government or educational organisations. They’re also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.

As this is a sensitive subject online resources are limited and often focus on the controvery surrounding the recognition of the genocide rather than the events themselves. This Question and Answer piece from the BBC website talks about the atrocities and contoversy surrounding them. Although the article was written a few years ago it still contains useful information.

HOT TIP: A great place to find information on world current events, news and history is the BBC website. They are an internationally respected news organisation. 

EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this. Make sure you check out World History in Context and look for 'Armenian Genocide' for lots of information, including primary sources and academic journals.

HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log on to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online.

Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Here at ManyAnswers we always advocate checking who has created web content, but with a subject as controversial as the Armenian Atrocities it is vital to consider who has created the information and why. What viewpoint does the creator have? Do they acknowledge the genocide or not?

For more general information about World War One why not take a look at our other ManyAnswers entries.

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