Minds of Passage: An Interpretation of the Memoirs of Young Turks (1908-1923)

This work represents an attempt to understand the frame of mind that the members of the Committee of Union and Progress bore through the Revolution of 1908 up to the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire. As such, it is largely based on the memoirs of Committee members and those of their contemporaries. The book’s main argument is that, along with the nationalism of the era and the rise of the “individual,” various related concepts such as gender and homeland were also being re-evaluated and re-valued in the minds of those who lived through this period. The book focuses on some of the ideas articulated most clearly and repeatedly in these memoirs, such as komitacılık (brigandage) and hope; as well as others that were crucial in defining an individual, such as one’s occupation and their understanding of the new concept of “liberty.” Noteworthy was conception and role of women in these memoirs, as it can be observed that, among other roles, women were often also seen as stand-ins for homeland. An exploration is also made of the boundaries of the “homeland,” as invented (and reinvented) by the Young Turk cadres, and the emotional investment in such a notion. Lastly, the work questions the new lens of nationalism that the memoirists employed to view the communities of the empire. By using the Arabs and the Armenians within the Ottoman society as case studies, the book shows that “nationality” then was not—or at least not yet--a fixed identity, but rather a variety of contextual roles that were performed on a daily basis.


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Kitabın Adı:

Minds of Passage: An Interpretation of the Memoirs of Young Turks (1908-1923)

Yazan:

Duygu Coşkuntuna

Baskı tarihi

2014

Dizi Adı:

History:91

Baskı Adedi:

100

Sayfa:

240

Ebat:

13,5 x 21

Kağıt:

Enzo 60gr.

Kapak:

Lom Tasarım Ofisi

Cilt/Kapak:

30 gr. Mat, Amerikan, 4 renk

ISBN/Barkod:

978-605-9022-04-0

Fiyat:

110,00 TL

Introductıon

CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION

Sources

A Map to "A Foreign Country"

CHAPTER II: UNIONISM

Self-Assigned Characteristics

The Tradition of Nicknaming

Family Connections

Being a Graduate of the School of Medicine (Tıbbiye)

Being a Soldier

Civilians versus Soldiers

The Role of the "Savior"

The Hope in Komitacılık

"There Is No Law; Make the Law" (Yok Kanun, Yap Kanun)

The "Silence" in the Committee of Union and Progress

Foundations of the Committee of Union and Progress

Liberties

Continuation of the State (Devletin Bekası)

Perception of History

Marriage Politics

Conclusion

CHAPTER III: MOTHERS, SPIES, SIGNS: UNIONIST PERCEPTIONS OF WOMEN

Mothers

Spies from "Our Side"

Gendering the "Other"

Spies from the "Other Side"

Gender(ed) Indicators of Westernization

Women as Signifiers of the Ideal (Mefkûre)

Conclusion

CHAPTER IV: HOMELAND AND NATION

Boundaries of Homeland

Damsel in Distress

A New Ranking of Priorities

Making of a Nation

Religion as an Axis of Differentiation

Being an Ottoman

Being a Turk

A Case Study: Young Turks Meet the Arabs

Another Case Study: Young Turks versus Armenians

Conclusion

CHAPTER V: CONCLUSION

APPENDIX A

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX