A Brand-New Publication from the Zoryan Institute with academic publisher Berghahn Books: Collective and State Violence in Turkey: The Construction of a National Identity from Empire to Nation-State

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Collective and State Violence in Turkey: The Construction of a National Identity from Empire to Nation-State.

Turkey has gone through significant transformations over the last century – from the Ottoman Empire and Young Turk era to the Republic of today – but throughout it has demonstrated troubling continuities in its encouragement and deployment of mass violence. In particular, the construction of a Muslim-Turkish identity has been achieved in part by designating ‘internal enemies’ at whom public hatred can be directed (Armenians, Jews, Alevis, Assyrians, Greeks, Kurds, and Yazidis).

“This work represents a solid endeavor that brings together multi-disciplinary research on various aspects of mass violence in Turkey and ties mass violence to national-identity construction from the late Ottoman period to the present day.” -  Janet Klein, University of Akron

This volume provides a wide range of case studies and historiographical reflections on the alarming recurrence of such violence in Turkish history. It shows not only how atrocities against ethnic-religious groups have propelled the nation’s very sense of itself, but also how the impunity of these atrocities has contributed to broader patterns of violence in the Middle East, including the rise of ISIS and other non-state actors and their violence against minorities, such as Yazidis.

View the full table of contents here.

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