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Searching for the roots of present Turkey, by Etienne Copeaux


The Fetih and the Genocide. The "Displacement" of a Nightmare The Fetih and the Genocide. The "Displacement" of a Nightmare Is the commemoration of the Conquest of Constantinople, with its pomp, military parades, mehter music, beautiful costumes and glorious speeches, the impossible celebration of the ethnic cleansing of the country during the 20th century? (This article is... Lire la suite
1996-1997 - Erdoğan, Erbakan and the Conquest of Constantinople 1996-1997 - Erdoğan, Erbakan and the Conquest of Constantinople As I have shown in the previous article, the celebration of the Fetih gets a complex meaning during the 90s, since the anniversary also expresses a political claim on the part of the Islamist movement. With the victory of the Refah party in the 1994 municipal... Lire la suite
The Conquest of Constantinople: How Emerge the Meanings of a Commemoration (1953-1994) The Conquest of Constantinople: How Emerge the Meanings of a Commemoration (1953-1994) Just as any commemoration, that of the capture of Constantinople by Mehmed the Conqueror in 1453 reflects the political atmosphere of the moment. Such a celebration is in itself a language, not only by the speeches delivered but by the ceremonial itself,... Lire la suite
What the Genocide Did to Turkey What the Genocide Did to Turkey Based on the hypothesis of the existence among the Turkish population of a generalized feeling of guilt, consecutive to the genocide of 1915, I reconsider here nationalism and the writing of history in Turkey (even in their excessive characters) as effects... Lire la suite
Anatolia Settles in Town Anatolia Settles in Town [This paper was first published in French in susam-sokak.fr, on December 24, 2014 - https://www.susam-sokak.fr/2014/12/l-anatolie-en-ville.html] During the 1990s, Turkish daily newspapers sometimes presented on the front page a photograph taken in a very... Lire la suite
Goddess Zilan. A Dive into PKK's Mythology Goddess Zilan. A Dive into PKK's Mythology In the preceding article on the suicide attack of June 1996, the first committed by the PKK on Turkish soil, I focused on the fact itself, mainly using a set of press articles gathered at the time of the event. In 2015, almost twenty years after the suicide... Lire la suite
Zilan, the First Woman Sacrificed by the PKK Zilan, the First Woman Sacrificed by the PKK On June 30, 1996, the PKK succeeded for the first time in a suicide attack in Tunceli, sacrificing one of its young female fighters whose nom de guerre, Zilan, refers to the massacres of 1930. Why this modus operandi? Why in Tunceli? And above all, why... Lire la suite
The Göktepe Case and the Birth of a Civil Society in Turkey (1996-1997) The Göktepe Case and the Birth of a Civil Society in Turkey (1996-1997) January 8 is the anniversary of the murder of Metin Göktepe. The 19th is the anniversary of the assassination of Hrant Dink (2007), an Armenian intellectual and journalist from Istanbul, director of the Agos newspaper. And the 24th is the day of the attack... Lire la suite
Metin Göktepe, an Emblematic Victim of Press Freedom (January 1996) Metin Göktepe, an Emblematic Victim of Press Freedom (January 1996) The end of 1995 was punctuated by rebellion movements in Turkish prisons. The repression was harsh. For example, in Buca, near Izmir, three prisoners who refused to go to the call were beaten to death on September 21. In Diyarbakır, two prisoners were... Lire la suite
Ghost villages (3) – The Impossible Return Ghost villages (3) – The Impossible Return This article has been previously published in French on susam-sokak.fr on September 21, 2015: https://www.susam-sokak.fr/2015/09/esquisse-n-58-villages-fantomes-3-l-impossible-retour.html Will there be a new Yasar Kemal, a Kurdish Giono, who will put... Lire la suite
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