Kemalist historiography

Kemalist historiography is the narrative of history promoted by the Turkish political ideology of Kemalism and influenced by Atatürk's cult of personality. Kemalist historiography asserts that the Republic of Turkey represented a clean break with the Ottoman Empire and the Republican People's Party was not a successor of the Committee of Union and Progress. These claims have been challenged by scholars such as Taner Akçam, Erik-Jan Zürcher, Uğur Ümit Üngör and Hans-Lukas Kieser.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


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  4. ^ Gurpinar, Dogan (2011). "Double Discourses and Romantic Nationalism: The Ottoman Empire as a 'Foreign Country'". Int. J. Turkish Studies. 17 (1–2).
  5. ^ Akturk, Ahmet Serdar (2010). "Arabs in Kemalist Turkish Historiography". Middle Eastern Studies. 46 (5): 633–653. doi:10.1080/00263206.2010.504553.
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  7. ^ Zürcher, Erik Jan (2014). "Monologue to Conversation: Comparative Approaches in Turkish Historiography". Turkish Studies. 15 (4): 589–599. doi:10.1080/14683849.2014.987906.
  8. ^ Gürpinar, Doğan (2013). "Historical Revisionism vs. Conspiracy Theories: Transformations of Turkish Historical Scholarship and Conspiracy Theories as a Constitutive Element in Transforming Turkish Nationalism". Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. 15 (4): 412–433. doi:10.1080/19448953.2013.844588.
  9. ^ Avedian, Vahagn (2012). "State Identity, Continuity, and Responsibility: The Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Turkey and the Armenian Genocide". European Journal of International Law. 23 (3): 797–820. doi:10.1093/ejil/chs056.
  10. ^ Göçek, Fatma Müge (2007). "Turkish Historiography and the Unbearable Weight of 1915". The Armenían Genocíde Cultural and Ethical Legacies. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-315-13101-6.
  11. ^ Ter-Matevosyan, Vahram (2019). "Problems of Definition and Historiography of Kemalism". Turkey, Kemalism and the Soviet Union: Problems of Modernization, Ideology and Interpretation. Springer International Publishing. pp. 7–39. ISBN 978-3-319-97403-3.
  12. ^ Göçek, Fatma Müge (2011). "Reading Genocide: Turkish Historiography on 1915". In Suny, Ronald Grigor; Göçek, Fatma Müge; Naimark, Norman M. (eds.). A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire. Oxford University Press. pp. 42–52. ISBN 978-0-19-979276-4.