The Balkan Wars and the rise of the reactionary modernist utopia in young Turk thought and the journal Turk Yurdu [Turkish Homeland]

Kurt U., Gürpınar D.

NATIONS AND NATIONALISM, vol.21, no.2, pp.348-368, 2015 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/nana.12103
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.348-368
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The article examines the rise of the reactionary modernist' project that developed after the devastating defeat of the Balkan Wars and which was promoted by the Young Turks by means of articles published in Turkish Homeland, the intellectual platform of the Young Turks. The article argues that the outlines of this project to a large extent shaped the contours of Turkish nationalism then, and that they have hence been constitutive of Turkish nationalism ever since.