Nationalist Reforms and Cultural Negotiations in Early Republican Turkey, 1923-1945
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Syracuse University Press
Front Flap, Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright
List of Illustrations
This book would not have been possible without the generous support of many individuals and institutions since I first began work on this project as a doctoral dissertation at the University of Utah more than a decade ago. It is a pleasure to have an opportunity to recognize at least some of the assistance I have received in the course of the research and writing of this book. ...
A Note on Spelling and Pronunciation
In 1923 the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed, following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I and a War of Liberation against Greece and other victorious Entente Powers. The proclamation of the Republic was accompanied by a sweeping series of modernizing reforms covering all aspects of life. ...
1. Dressing the Nation’s Citizens: Men’s Clothing Reforms in the Early Republic
The clothing of urban and upper class Ottoman men went through a significant transformation in the nineteenth century. As modernization spread from the military, legal, administrative, and political to the social and cultural spheres, Ottoman elites began to adopt European habits, manners, and ways of life. ...
2. Women, Politics, and the Culture of Dress in the Making of a New Turkish Nation
As with many late modernizers, the new Turkish state specifically emphasized visible aspects of modernity and national identity, such as architecture and dress. Dress was an important symbol of civility and modernity. It was also accorded a transformative function. It would help create modern and secular citizens. ...
3. Language: A New Turkish Script for a New and Literate Turkish Nation
Language is an important aspect of both individual and collective identities. In Turkey, as in many other countries from the Soviet Union to Israel and Iran, it became a crucial site of the new state’s nationalizing, secularizing, and modernizing policies. The language policies of the early Republican state ranged from the formation of the Linguistic Society, ...
4. Celebrating National Holidays
National celebrations have been important instruments of political socialization, legitimacy, and mobilization in Turkey. Yet Turkish historians have rarely studied the culture of national celebrations in Republican Turkey, nor have they examined closely the emergence and functioning of that culture in the early decades of the Republic.1 ...
Turkish historians continue to debate exactly when the Turkish nation came into being, or when the Turkish nation-building process finalized—not in the sense of state-building, but in terms of when the various members of the national community finally identified themselves with the nation. ...
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About the Author, Back Flap, Back Cover
Page Count: 328
Illustrations: 26 black and white
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 867741333
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