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The Great Game of GenocideImperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians$
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Donald Bloxham

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273560.001.0001

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Ethnic Violence and the Entente, 1915–1923

Ethnic Violence and the Entente, 1915–1923

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The Great Game of Genocide

Donald Bloxham

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the way that the Entente powers related to the Armenian question in the key period from the beginning of the genocide through to the conclusion of the Lausanne peace conference. The magnitude of the change in the Ottoman empire in these years was mirrored by quantum shifts in the international situation. Initially reluctant to draw attention to the plight of the Armenians lest it alienate the large Indian Muslim community, Britain suddenly began to highlight the atrocities as in autumn 1915 the campaign intensified to influence the United States' entry into the First World War. Russia's protests against the ongoing slaughter were angled at keeping its own Armenian population happy, while at the same time Petersburg was planning how to minimize the Armenian national presence in the eastern Anatolian territory which Russia was set to inherit upon a successful conclusion of the war.

Keywords:   Armenian question, genocide, Entente, First World War, Ottoman empire, Britain, Russia, Armenians, atrocities, Lausanne peace conference

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