ARTICLE ALERT: Europe’s other? The Turks and shifting borders of memory

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Hadler, Simon. Europe’s other? The Turks and shifting borders of memory. European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire. Volume 24, Issue 4, 2017. Pp. 507-526

Abstract
Since the fifteenth century, the ‘Turks’ have represented the paradigmatic other of Europe. Even in times without violent conflict, the ‘Turks’ delimited the mental border of Europe towards the ‘Orient’ and served for identity-building in East Central Europe. In that region, the commemoration of the Turkish menace substantiated claims of being part of Europe over the last 200 years. Societies in peripheral regions could thereby redraw Europe’s frontiers in their favour. A comparison across Eastern European countries demonstrates how attempts at an inner homogenization through instrumentalization of an imagined external enemy contradict the plurality of interpretations of the past.