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By Resat Kasaba, Sibel Bozdogan

Within the first twenty years after W.W.II, social scientist heralded Turkey as an exemplar of a 'modernizing' kingdom within the Western mildew. photographs of unveiled girls operating subsequent to clean-shaven males, fit young children at school uniforms, and downtown Ankara's smooth structure all proclaimed the country's luck. even if Turkey's modernization started within the overdue Ottoman period, the institution of the secular countryside through Kemal Ataturk in 1923 marked the crystallization of an particular, elite-driven 'project of modernity' that took its thought solely from the West.The essays during this publication are the 1st try and research the Turkish test with modernity from a wide, interdisciplinary standpoint, encompassing the fields of heritage, the social sciences, the arts, structure, and concrete making plans. As they learn either the Turkish undertaking of modernity and its critics, the participants supply a clean, balanced realizing of dilemmas now dealing with not just Turkey but additionally many different components of the center East and the area at huge.

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Back. Note 13: The notion of elite ressentiment is discussed by Greenfeld in Nationalism, passim. Back. Note 14: Chatterjee, Nationalist Thought, passim. Back. Note 15: See Alvin Gouldner, “Prologue to a Theory of Revolutionary Intellectuals,” Telos, vol. 26, 1976, 3–36. Back. Note 16: This situation has yet to change. One significant study that confronts the silence and underlines the importance of the event for the history of the Turkish republic has, curiously, not received the attention it richly deserves.

15, March 1973, 196–226. , Philosophical Interventions in the Unfinished Project of Enlightenment, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1992. Back. Note 3: Reinhard Bendix’s seminal article would seem to be the initial inspiration for this view: “Tradition and Modernity Reconsidered,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 9, no. 3, 1967, 292–346. Back. , Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, Boston: Beacon Press, 1966. Back. Note 5: For a forceful historical argument in this vein, see Erik J.

When politics was reduced to a bargain over the distribution of material rewards, a strategic and procedural conception of political rights, oriented toward participation in the structure of patronage, seemed normal and sufficient. A similar account of the isolation and imperiousness of the state elite may be given in terms of nationalist ideology and the culture it propagated. In the transition from empire to nation–state, there had been a change in the legitimating discourse of state authority.

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