Lead: Alarmed by the growth of nationalism throughout the region in the 1900s, the Ottoman Empire centered in Turkey began to crack down on ethnic groups such as the Armenians.

Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Loosed by the French Revolution, throughout the nineteenth century the spirit of Nationalism began to spread across eastern Europe into those areas controlled by the Ottoman Empire, whose Sultan ruled a large part of the Balkans and the Middle East from the Turkish capital of Constantinople. In the 1900s the decay gripping the Empire began to accelerate. More and more, ethnic and religious groups were seeking independence or autonomy.

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