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Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe

Turkey, Kemalism and the Soviet Union

Problems of Modernization, Ideology and Interpretation

Authors: Ter-Matevosyan, Vahram

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  • Offers new insights into the history of Kemalism by introducing Soviet perspectives on Kemalist ideology 
  • Charts changing Soviet attitudes to Kemalist ideology in Turkey, paying close attention to the diplomatic, geopolitical and economic complexities of Turkish-Soviet relations
  • Explores the ideological encounters between two former Eurasian empires which both experienced painful transformations in the aftermath of World War I
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This book examines the Kemalist ideology of Turkey from two perspectives. It discusses major problems in the existing interpretations of the topic and how the incorporation of Soviet perspectives enriches the historiography and our understanding of that ideology. To address these questions, the book looks into the origins, evolution, and transformational phases of Kemalism between the 1920s and 1970s. The research also focuses on perspectives from abroad by observing how republican Turkey and particularly its founding ideology were viewed and interpreted by Soviet observers. Paying more attention to the diplomatic, geopolitical, and economic complexities of Turkish-Soviet relations, scholars have rarely problematized those perceptions of Turkish ideological transformations. Looking at various phases of Soviet attitudes towards Kemalism and its manifestations through the lenses of Communist leaders, party functionaries, diplomats and scholars, the book illuminates the underlying dynamics of Soviet interpretations.    

About the authors

Vahram Ter-Matevosyan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science and International Affairs Program of the American University of Armenia. He is also Senior Researcher (former Chair) in the Turkish Studies Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.

Reviews

“Kemalist ideology and its interpretations have generally been viewed, interpreted, and reconstructed within the Westernization paradigm. This study will allow readers to situate Kemalism in a comparative and balanced context and will remain the standard book on the subject for the foreseeable future.” (Şükrü Hanioğlu, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Garret Professor in Foreign Affairs, Princeton University, USA)

“This study of Kemalist Turkey sheds new light on an ideology that has irrigated the entire Turkish society to the present day, including the Erdogan regime. The examination of its historical links with the Soviet Union is the heart of this work which opens new historical perspectives and helps us to understand contemporary Turkey.” (Raymond H. Kévorkian, Honorary Director of Research at Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis, France)

“This is an important, very instructive and innovative study. Ter-Matevosyan succeeds in carefully exposing the dizzying metamorphoses of Kemalism whose early genesis the Soviet Union had more attentively followed than self-absorbed Western powers.” (Hans-Lukas Kieser, Associate Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia and Adjunct Professor University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97403-3
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Hardcover $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Turkey, Kemalism and the Soviet Union
Book Subtitle
Problems of Modernization, Ideology and Interpretation
Authors
Series Title
Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97403-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97403-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97402-6
Series ISSN
2523-7985
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 279
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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