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First and foremost the Armenians spoke a different language believed in a different religion and followed different customs to the Turks The Armenians were often the scapegoats for many of the Ottoman Empires problems By the beginning of the 1700s the Ottoman Empire had reached its biggest size but ruling over such a large area proved too much for the Empire Other countries took over a lot of territory belonging to the Ottoman Empire From 1800 to the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914 the Ottomans were often at war as the Ottoman Empire became weaker both militarily and economically its people became increasingly frustrated angry and suspicious of anyone who were not a Turk and not a Muslim Especially since most of the Armenians were wealthier and more well off than their Turkish counter-parts and the Turkish had to rely on the Armenians financially When conditions in the empire worsened minorities such as Armenians became easy targets of Turkish frustration anger and resentment Another major factor in the Armenian genocide was the fact that Armenians lived on both sides of the Russian and Turkish border When war erupted the Turks were suspicious of any outsiders and thought the Armenians could be spies Even before the outbreak of war 100000 to 300000 Armenians were killed within the Empire between 1894 and 1897 More problems arose when Armenian leaders began to press for more protection and equality from the Turks Armenians had lived in the region between the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas for almost 3000 years but now their population was divided between Ottoman Turkey Russia and Persia Since all three of these countries had a history of fighting with each other this created problems for Armenians When Turkey would lose to its enemy Russia Armenians were often blamed because the fighting would take place in the heavily Armenian populated areas of Turkey When the Committee of Union and Progress CUP also called the young
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