Armenian Genocide

They shall not perish...” poster, by Douglas Volk, 1918; Near East Relief Valentine, 1925, Near East Relief Digital Museum,

What were the consequences of World War I for the Armenians?

Download Primary Source Set: Armenian Genocide

The term “genocide” and its codification in international law originate in the mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It was the first genocide of the twentieth century. This set uses the UN Convention as a framework for analyzing the Armenian Genocide, the perceptions of difference and wartime conditions that led Turkish nationalists to commit atrocities, and the responses of Armenians, foreigners, and other nations. The set concludes with the creation of an early relief organization, America’s Near East Relief.