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THE DEFINITION OF THE BALKANS 37 The lack of internalisation of this idea can perhaps rather be interpreted as Ottoman intellectual resistance to the imposition of the European concept of the Balkans, although this is a difficult argument to develop largely due to the scarcity of material available from which to gage the level of such Ottoman intellectual resistance. Ottoman intellectual rejection of this European term was also a rejection of all that was implied behind it, for the term attempted to impose on the Ottoman empire borders which were obviously not identical to her late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century political and legal boundaries, and formed part of what might be described as a general “cognitive trimming” of the empire by Europe.

In neither late nineteenth-century history texts such as Osmanlı Tarihi of Ali Cevad, who interestingly defines the Balkans in his dictionary but does not use the term himself, nor early twentieth-century texts such as Abdurrahman Şeref’s Tarih-i Devlet-i Osmaniye, does this term appear THE DEFINITION OF THE BALKANS 35 with this newly acquired European-originated meaning. 35 Despite the occasional use of the term in some history or geography books, balkan in its Euro-centric meaning was thus not internalized until the postAbdülhamidian era.

But, although such direct state control may have been lifted, the inherent bond between historian and state remained. Although Enver Ziya Karal argued in 1946 that there was no state intervention in history-writing in the post-Abdülhamidian period, thus allowing for the dissemination of unfounded European views of Turkish history with little or no critical analysis,65 the official abolition of censorship and the decline of state control in fact merely lessened direct state intervention. Historians continued to be part of the state establishment, either working for it or having close links with, for example, the İttihad ve Terakki, or producing text books for the state schools in accordance with the programme prepared by the Ministry of Education.

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