Turkish Radicalism and its Images of the Ottoman Ancien Regime (1923-38)

Gurpinar D.

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, vol.51, no.3, pp.395-415, 2015 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00263206.2014.977265
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.395-415
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This article develops a comparative study of Turkish radicalism (i.e. Kemalism and Unionism) demonstrating its resemblances and differences vis-a-vis its European counterparts, especially French republicanism and Bolshevism. The historiographical vistas of Turkish radicalism are thoroughly examined to elaborate on the ancien regime imageries of Turkish radicalism and the contradictions inherent in these coexisting historiographical vistas. The article aims to develop a critical perspective of Turkish radicalism, arguing that many cliches reproduced in the academic literature had been in fact produced by the Kemalists as self-fashioning.