THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND AND THE STAGES OF THE ARMENIAN QUESTION
Western Armenia - the largest part (more than 270,000 square km.) of the Armenian Homeland. The overwhelming majority (about 2.5 million) of the Western Armenian population lived in their Homeland; if we were to take also into account the Armenians living in the mid-19th century beyond Western Armenia, throughout the Ottoman Empire - in Constantinople, Smyrna and other cities, towns and settlements, this number in total would be 3 million. In the late 1870s - early 1880s, the Armenian Question became an international issue. In spite of the demonic efforts of the Ottoman authorities Armenians still represented a relative majority in all Western Armenia’s regions (“vilayets”) taken together and what is more important, Armenians did remain an overwhelming majority in the whole of Western Armenia up until World War I. In 1915 the Armenian Question entered the third and the most tragic stage - the Armenian Genocide.
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