|International Conference: Genocide of the Christian Populations of the Ottoman Empire and Its Aftermath 1908-1923.
Thessaloniki, Greece, May 10-12, 2019.
The Young Turks’ revolution in 1908, which had origins in Thessaloniki, was the result of three main stresses which the Ottoman Empire faced at the beginning of the 20th century. On the one hand, its modernization effort and, on the other, Balkan nationalism and the pressure put on it by the Great Powers. The great loss of lands, the reforms and local self-government by the Armenians, and the outbreak of World War I generated severe pressure on the Young Turks who had taken power in 1913, radicalizing the nationalistic ideology that had already been shaped and consolidated among large parts of the population. Unswerving national and religious homogenization also remained the aim of the subsequent Kemalist movement.
Amidst these rapidly changing social and political conditions, the ethno-religious communities of the Empire found themselves caught in a process of transformation of the multinational Empire into a Turkish nation-state, with the Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Assyrian elements ultimately eliminated.
The present International Conference aims to analyze and discuss the various mass-atrocities (genocides, ethnic-cleansings and massacres) and forced deportations, specifically on the Genocide of the Christian populations of the Ottoman Empire (1908-1923).
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