Martial Law

Sarah D. Shields

in Fezzes in the River

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195393316
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894376 | DOI:
Martial Law

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The new French Delegate administering the Sanjak found himself caught between realizing France’s secret promise to produce a Turkish majority while, at the same time, carrying out his country’s commitment to the League of Nations to carry out fair elections in the Sanjak. Even martial law was unable to stop the violence, which spread into the registration bureaus themselves. Unable to break their promise to Ankara, French officials collaborated with Turkish activists even as the League of Nations electoral commissioners threatened to end their supervision of the registration process. Soon after the commissioners resigned, Turkish troops entered the Sanjak to complete the registration process in collaboration with French authorities. Large-scale emigration followed, as Armenians and those who opposed the new Kemalist regime made their way south.

Keywords: League of Nations; fair elections; martial law; Turkish troops; Armenians

Chapter.  13074 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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