United States Relations with the Young Turk Government

  • Simon Payaslian


Turks and Armenians alike as well as policymakers in Washington welcomed the Young Turk revolution that overthrew Sultan Abdul Hamid II in July 1908. The revolution, which led to the reinstitution of the 1876 Constitution, promised a political system premised upon principles of constitutional government, equality among Muslim and non-Muslim citizens, greater political stability, and economic liberalization. Armenians hoped that the revolution would finally provide the long-awaited opportunity to improve conditions under a new regime by introducing the desperately needed reforms but never implemented under the sultan.1 Foreign and domestic problems, however, dashed all hopes for such reforms.


Constitutional Government Turkish Government Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Armenian Genocide Turkish Empire 
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