Armenian genocide, 1915 – 1923
In the 19th century, Armenians accounted for a large percentage of non-Muslim population in the Ottoman Empire. Although before World War I, Armenians and Ottoman Muslims were in peace, when the Armenians began to speak out and look for equality and participation in the government, the Ottoman Muslims started to implement ideas of becoming a nation completely of Turks and gaining back territory lost.
This then resulted in the systematic extermination of approximately 2 million Armenian people from 1915 – 1923. The Armenian population was subjected to death marches, starvation and violence. The Turkish government later denied having any role in this genocide.