chapter  VIII
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The Armenian Question and its Settlement

Ever since the industrial revolution of the West began, the imperialism of the European Powers, working along economic channels, has produced a competition for the undeveloped countries of the earth, of which Armenia is one. Lying on the marches of two Imperial Powers, she has been the victim of their ambition to control her future and exploit her wealth. The industrial revolution of the 19th century, and the steady expansion of its economic influence to the undeveloped parts of the earth, tended to widen the gap between the nomad and the settled populations of the Armenian highlands. If the democratic principle, which the Russian Council of Workers and Soldiers has set before the world, that all peoples shall have a right to decide their own destiny, is faithfully observed, then the fate of Armenia must be put in the hands of the Armenian and Khurdish peoples.