Post by Pandit
"The Ottomans were extremely cruel to their Christian
subjects. The latter never forgot, and when they were
liberated by the Russians, they slaughtered every Turk
they found in sight. "
Was it a genocide ?
Can you give more information on it ?
Not a genocide in the conventional sense, in that
they wanted to exterminate a population. It was
a systematic exploitation, so that the subjects would
still pay taxes, provide the Sultan at Constantinople
with recruits for his army (they were grabbed from
their parents at an early age, taken to Turkey,
converted to Islam and trained as crack soldiers.
They were called the Janissaries), grains and other
materials and women for the Sultan's and other
Turks who could buy them.
However, as far as the Armenians were concerned,
the genocide was very real. The Armenians were mostly
natives of eastern and central Turkey. The ethnic
Turks wanted their land and in a series of pogroms
completely eliminated them. In one infamous march
in 1915 alone, some 1.5 million Armenians perished
of hunger, predatory attacks, exhaustion and disease.
The lucky ones fled to Europe, America and other places.
Today Turkey's Armenian population is almost zero
In Ottoman colonies Christians could not own
land. That explains why so many of them converted
and are today's Muslims of Bosnia and Hertzogovina.
There are hundreds of books on the Ottoman empire,
which lasted about 800 years, till Turkey under Mustafa
Kemal became a modern democracy in 1924, or so.
The Ottoman Centuries by Lord Kinross gives an overview.