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By Justin McCarthy

Before global struggle I, the traditional urban of Van in southeastern Anatolia had a inhabitants of roughly 100,000 humans, whereas the inhabitants of Van Province was once approximately 500,000. Armenians shaped a wide minority, with Kurdish tribes and Turks within the majority.

The Armenian uprising at Van presents a long-overdue exam of Van from the 1870s to 1919. because the authors nation, "The Armenian rebellion used to be a vital part of the good catastrophe that overcame the folks of the Ottoman East. The slaughter of Muslims that observed the Armenian insurrection in Van Province inexorably led first to Kurdish reprisals at the Armenians, then to a common and mutual bloodbath of the folks of the East."

The activities at Van provide a window into the far-reaching occasions that quickly in different components of Anatolia.


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It is mainly owing to the habit of all Armenians who have a little money investing it in wheat, which they hoard until they can force prices still higher. They seem quite regardless of the consequences of such action on their poorer compatriots. A public-spirited Turk, Jemal Bey, has opened a baker’s shop and is selling bread at 45 paras, therebye tending to force down prices, but his action is too isolated to have much effect” (FO 195/2082, Maunsell to O’Conor, Van, May 2, 1900). 33. Reports of poor harvests and famine are to be found throughout the diplomatic literature.

Ve XVII. Yüzyıllarda Van, 1548–1648 (Van: Van Belediye Başkanlığı, 1997), pp. 255–66. Dahiliye Nezâreti, Sicil-i Nüfus İdare-yi Umumiyesi Müdüriyeti, Memalik-i Osmaniye’nin 1330 Senesi Nüfus İstatistiği (Istanbul: Dahiliye Nezâreti, 1336 Mali). The city’s population was undoubtedly better registered. Vital Cuinet, La Turquie d’Asie, vol. 2 (Paris: E. Leroux, 1891), p. 700. Sami Bey (Frasheri), the compiler of the most complete Ottoman geographical dictionary, Kamusülalam, vol. 6 (Istanbul: Mihran, 1316), seems to have taken his figures from Cuinet, or else both quoted the same official resource.

The process of turning the Armenian people of Van into supporters of 46 The Armenian Rebellion at Van the revolution was gradual. The revolutionaries were only the final cause that drove the Armenians from their traditional if grudging allegiance to the sultan. It was the Russians, not the Armenian revolutionaries, who gave the first impetus to Armenian separatism. The change in Armenian sympathies began when Russian power was felt in the East. In their wars against Iran and the Ottoman Empire in 1827–29, the Russians defeated first the Persians then the Ottomans.

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