The Calm after the Storm: The Politics of Memory

Uğur Ümit Üngör

in The Making of Modern Turkey

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603602
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729263 | DOI:
The Calm after the Storm: The Politics of Memory

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This chapter focuses on aspects of Young Turk and Kemalist memory politics. It discusses how their memory politics intervened in existing patterns of social memory in the eastern provinces and examines how the mass violence of the past Ottoman decades was remembered by the population and the government. The construction of a hegemonic canon of knowledge and an information dam around the country is surveyed by inspecting the official histories that the regime ordered to be written. The chapter will also discuss how contemporary denial of the Armenian genocide is rooted in those Young Turk official histories.

Keywords: memory politics; remembrance; genocide denial; official histories; toponymy

Chapter.  17109 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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