By Erik J.

The grand narrative of The younger Turk Legacy and kingdom development is that of the basic continuity of the overdue Ottoman Empire with the Republic of Turkey that used to be based in 1923. Erik Jan Zurcher indicates that Kemals ideological toolkit, which integrated positivism, militarism, nationalism and a state-centred global view, was once shared via many different younger Turks. Authoritarian rule, a one-party kingdom, a criminal framework in accordance with eu rules, complicated European-style paperwork, monetary management, army and academic reforms and state-control of Islam, can all be present in the overdue Ottoman Empire, as can rules of demographic engineering. The ebook makes a speciality of the makes an attempt of the younger Turks to save lots of their empire via pressured modernization in addition to at the makes an attempt in their Kemalist successors to construct a robust nationwide nation. the last decade of virtually non-stop conflict, ethnic clash and compelled migration among 1911 and 1922 types the history to those makes an attempt and therefore occupies a important place during this volume.This is a robust historical past reflecting and contributing to the newest study from a number one historian of contemporary Turkey. it really is crucial for all readers drawn to the background of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, and for an realizing of a key participant within the politics of the center East and Europe.

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10 These kinds of memoirs are generally unsupported by documents and are meant as a form of entertainment for a large public. They should therefore be used only with the utmost caution. indd 18 3/23/2010 9:34:29 PM Young Turk Memoirs as a Historical Source those works which really only consist of a connecting text between (sometimes large numbers of) published documents. 12 In the · analysis that follows, this last-named work, Karabekir’s Istiklâl Harbimiz, serves as a vehicle for exploring the potential importance of this type of material.

Although the initiative for the founding of the party was not his, Kâzım sympathized. He resigned his army inspectorate in order to be able to take up his seat in the assembly17 and was elected president of the new party, which presented itself as a moderate, liberal-democratic alternative to the governing party, the Cumhuriyet Halk Fırkası (Republican People’s Party). From the start the new party was under pressure and it was not long before it was closed down after the introduction of the Takrir-i Sükûn Kanunu (Law on the Maintenance of Order) in March 1925.

Indd 29 3/23/2010 6:40:58 PM The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building is undoubtedly in the analysis of the ebb and flow of the influence of the CUP in the high politics of the empire between 1908 and 1914. The revolution itself gets a relatively brief (10 pages out of 165) treatment. F. Knight in his book. 5 The works of Kuran, as well as the collection · of documents from the days of the revolution published in 1956 by Ismail Hakkı Uzunçars¸ılı6 are also referred to. For the Firzovik incident, Ahmad like everybody else depends heavily on Külçe’s account.

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