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And the Armenians were viewed as a threat to Turkish identity and Turkish security.
Its lighthouse was constructed by the French in 1882 in Paris and renovated in 1930. The historical furnace and lime kiln is located in an area of Agoriani called Neraidovrisi and has been there since at least the beginning of the 20th century, with evidence that it may have existed long before that.
Turkey recalled its ambassador from Berlin, and President Recep Tayyip threatened to take more steps to punish Germany.
"We will do whatever is necessary to resolve this issue," he warned ominously. Recognizing the Armenian genocide is, for Turks, a grave insult — essentially, it links their nation's creation to a crime of monumental proportions.
In 1908, a military coup — led by the so-called "Young Turks" — took control of the Ottoman Empire, which at the time was reeling from a series of disastrous wars.
Their goal was to revive the nation, partly through liberal reforms and partly through unifying the country around Islamo-Turkic ethnic nationalism.