By Justin McCarthy, Ömer Turan, Cemalettin Taskiran
Sasun, a quarter of Anatolia previously below Ottoman rule and this present day a part of jap Turkey, is usually defined because the website the place, in 1894, the Turks massacred huge numbers of Armenian Christians, with estimates starting from 3,000 to 10,000 humans. information stories on the time targeted that grotesque acts, together with torture, had happened at Sasun by the hands of the Ottoman military. The Ottoman Empire denied those allegations. A fee of ecu delegates despatched to enquire the problem concluded that the scoop studies have been hugely exaggerated, but the unique tales of atrocities have persevered. This quantity presents an in depth exam of the historic proof to make clear what occurred at Sasun. The authors' study shows that the tales circulated by means of the media of torture and homicide in Sasun do not delay opposed to the findings of the eu investigators. proof as an alternative indicates that an Armenian rebellion ended in fights with neighborhood Kurds and plenty of fewer deaths, on each side, and that the clash had mostly subsided ahead of the arriving of the Ottoman military.
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Extra info for Sasun: The History of an 1890s Armenian Revolt
Leaders met in autumn of 1893 to plan the stockpiling of war materiel. Hrair-Dzhoghk, Kirko, and Vartan Vartabed (who might be called the “ecclesiastical leader” of the rebels) organized the transportation of gunÂ� powder and bullets from the south. Materials were brought from Farkhin (Silvan) to Aharonk, Hrair-Dzhoghk’s home village, by “reliable muleteers,” then on to Talori and Şenik. 77 In addition, gunpowder was made with local deposits of saltpeter in the Talori district. 1. The Devil’s Bridge The Devil’s Bridge and the Attack on the Kaymakam of Kulp Two incidents demonstrate that Armenian rebellion was apace before major incidents erupted in northern Sasunâ†œ—â†œâ•‰the attack at the Devil’s Bridge and the attack on the kaymakam (district administrator) of Kulp.
90 It is most likely that the Kurds, who were split into smaller subtribes and traveling groups, did not know how many were in the larger tribes. ” This would have been a more reliable method of estimation than offering numbers. From limited graphic information it appears that some Kurdish tents were quite large, accommodating large extended families and perhaps others. 91 That would average approximately 6 men and twice that number each of women and children in each tent. It would probably be safe to estimate 18 people per tent.
Sykes estimated 440 families in the Sasunlu tribe, 500 in the Bekranlı, and 500 in the Badıkanlı (in which he may have included those known here as the Hıyanlı). Maunsell gave somewhat lower figures for each but seems not to have included all subtribes. Such figures are only satisfactory to establish orders of magnitude. They show that there were not nearly as many Kurds at Sasun as often indicated. 93 It is obvious, however, that those who estimated Kurds in the thousands were far from the mark.
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