Decapitation of a Nation

“Decapitation” describes the events from February, 1914 to May, 1915 during which Turkish leaders put in place their plan and rationalization for the Armenian Genocide. The government first set out to destroy Armenian civic leaders and intelligentsia, prompting the reaction of the Allies to warn Turkish leaders to cease these “crimes against humanity,” setting a legal precedent for a concept used in future war crimes tribunals.
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