The Armenian Genocide Assignment
· Points 100
· Textbooks and Resources
· Required Textbooks
· The following books are required for this course:
· Duiker, W. J. (2015). Contemporary world history (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
· This textbook is available as an e-book and can be accessed from the module view.
· One or more of the texts for this course is an eBook. Make sure to review this information to learn more about accessing eBooks.
Required Resources Read/review the following resources for this activity:
· Textbook: Chapter 2, 4
· Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)
See additional required resources within the option instructions.
Instructions For this assignment, select one of the following options:
Option 1: Imperialism The exploitation of colonial resources and indigenous labor was one of the key elements in the success of imperialism. Such exploitation was a result of the prevalent ethnocentrism of the time and was justified by the unscientific concept of social Darwinism, which praised the characteristics of white Europeans and inaccurately ascribed negative characteristics to indigenous peoples. A famous poem of the time by Rudyard Kipling, “White Man’s Burden,” called on imperial powers, and particularly the U.S., at whom the poem was directed, to take up the mission of civilizing these “savage” peoples.
Read the poem at the following link:
· Link (website): White Man’s Burden (Links to an external site.) (Rudyard Kipling)
After reading the poem, address the following in a case study analysis:
· Select a specific part of the world (a country), and examine imperialism in that country. What was the relationship between the invading country and the native people? You can select from these examples or choose your own:
· Belgium & Africa
· Britain & India
· Germany & Africa
· France & Africa
· Apply social Darwinism to this specific case.
· Analyze the motivations of the invading country?
· How did ethnocentrism manifest in their interactions?
· How does Kipling’s poem apply to your specific example? You can quote lines for comparison.
Option 2: The Armenian Genocide Ethnic hatred is not new to the human race and ethnic hatred also goes hand in hand with some of the causes of World War 1 that we have discussed this week, namely nationalism and imperialism. In nationalism, the people not only believe their countrymen (those who look, talk, sound, and believe like them) are not only “better” than people of certain other countries but they also have the right and possibly even the responsibility to conquer areas with those inferior to them and take whatever resources they feel they need. Add to this the need for the leader of a country to be able to blame a certain ethnic group within that country for their problems. Such was the case in the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Turks launched a winter offensive into the mountains of southern Russia early in the war and suffered a severe defeat, both at the hands of the Russian army and the terrible weather they encountered. The Sultan needed a scapegoat to blame the loss on, so he picked an unpopular ethnic minority, the Armenians. Since the people seemed to believe the story, the Ottoman military rounded up as many Armenians as they could and marched them away to their fate.
Watch the following video on the Armenian genocide:
· Link (video): Genocide Denied (Links to an external site.) (32:33)
After viewing the video, conduct research on the topic and develop a case study based on the following questions:
· How did the Armenian genocide play on the root causes of World War I, including nationalism, imperialism, social Darwinism, ethnic hatred, and the gullibility of the Turkish people who allowed this to happen and often even supported it.
· What were the main motivations of the Ottoman rulers who decided to try and eliminate an entire ethnic minority within their country?
· What was the process the Ottomans went through to round up the Armenians and march them to their deaths? Describe the process of the march and eventual genocide of the Armenians.
· Why do terrible crimes against humanity always seem to happen during a war?
· How do foreign governments recognize and deal with this event in their relationship with Turkey?
Writing Requirements (APA format)
· Length: 2-3 pages (not including title page or references page)
· 1-inch margins
· Double spaced
· 12-point Times New Roman font
· Title page
· References page
Grading This activity will be graded using the W1 Case Study Grading Rubric.
Course Outcomes (CO): 1, 2, 3
Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday
Journeyman Pictures (Producer). (2002). Genocide denied. Surrey, England. [Streaming Video]. Retrieved from Academic Video Online: Premium database.
Kipling, R. (2009). The white man’s burden. Retrieved from https://www.gutenberg.org/files/30568/30568-h/30568-h.htm#VII_2 (Original work published 1899)
Week 1 Case Study Grading Rubric
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|Total Points: 100.0|