A Nation of Empire: The Ottoman Legacy of Turkish Modernity by Michæl Meeker

By Michæl Meeker

This leading edge examine of contemporary Turkey is the results of a long time of ethnographic fieldwork and archival study. Michael Meeker expertly combines anthropological and old the right way to study the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic in a tremendous zone of the rustic, the japanese Black coastline. His most vital discovering is state-oriented provincial oligarchy performed a key position in successive courses of reform over the process greater than 200 years of imperial and nationwide heritage. As Meeker demonstrates, major contributors sponsored via interpersonal networks decided the end result of the modernizing strategy, first through the westernizing interval of the Empire, then through the innovative interval of the Republic.To know the way this sort of state-oriented provincial oligarchy used to be produced and reproduced alongside the japanese Black beach, Meeker integrates a modern ethnographic examine of public lifestyles in cities and villages with a ancient research of legitimate files, consular reviews, and commute narratives. A state of Empire presents anthropologists, historians, and scholars of japanese Europe and the center East with a brand new realizing of the complexities and contradictions of recent Turkish adventure.

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9. Local branches of other political parties had been opened in the town of Of starting in 1945, but they were still of little importance to the town during the 1960s. 10. The People’s Houses were based on the Turkish Hearths (Türk Ocag˘ı), an early nationalist club first founded in 1912 (Lewis 1961, 376). 11. After the Democrat Party defeated the Republican People’s Party in the national elections of 1950, the government abolished the People’s Houses and seized their assets (Zürcher 1993, 233).

And wherever 41. I saw five such mansions in the old district of Of and heard reports of a few others that had fallen into ruins. For a description of one of the old mansions east of the town of Trabzon, see Winfield et al. (1960). 28 / Aghas and Hodjas there had been a mansion, one could be assured that its location was of strategic significance. For its chief residents, a mansion was a necessary physical infrastructure for bringing together relatives, friends, and allies. In this manner, a mansion became a center of political authority that first replaced and then later challenged state officials.

16 Probably most men (but not 14. The patronymic suffix is usually expressed in the singular, but sometimes in the plural, “sons of” (og˘ulları), as in Selimog˘ulları or Muradog˘ulları. 15. This is a paraphrase of the analysis of large family groupings in the district of Of that appears in my dissertation (Meeker 1970). 16. The new province of Trabzon is bounded by the provinces of Rize in the east and Giresun in the west. 17 The prevalence of patronyms as well as the salience of patronymic groups was a regional peculiarity.

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