ISSN 1829-4618

THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AND THE HEROIC SELF-DEFENSIVE BATTLES OF THE CILICIAN ARMENIANS (Historical-Folkloric Review)

By: Verjiné Svazlian, Doctor in Philology, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, NAS RA

Starting from April, 1915, the deportation and massacre organized by the Ottoman Empire had embraced, in a few months, almost all Western Armenia, Cilicia and the Armenian-inhabited localities of the Ottoman Empire.
In some localities Armenians organized self-defense battles. Although the Turkish tyranny cruelly suppressed the heroic resistance and the self-defensive battles started in various localities, nevertheless the devoted Armenian heroes, who fought for their elementary human rights and for the physical survival of their nation, recorded brilliant pages in the history of the national liberation struggle and their heroic characters inspire the Armenian people till today.

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