The Young Turk Historical Imagination in the Pursuit of Mythical Turkishness and its Lost Grandeur (1911-1914)


Kurt U., Gürpınar D.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, cilt.43, ss.560-574, 2016 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 43 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/13530194.2016.1139443
  • Dergi Adı: BRITISH JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.560-574

Özet

Based on a comprehensive reading of the 1912-1914 issues of the journal Turkish Homeland, the highbrow intellectualist periodical of the Turkist intellectuals and the ruling Committee of Union and Progress, this article argues that sublime Turkishness envisaged by the Young Turks can be construed as a character build-up. The article also examines how history was utilized as an arsenal from where the sublime Turkish character' was extracted in a decade in which interest towards Turkic history burgeoned, arguing that valiant Turkic heroes from the glorious Turkic past were discovered or rediscovered to stand out as exemplary men and epitomes of incorruptibleness inspiring the new youth.