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Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire and After

Benjamin C. Fortna

in Sovereignty After Empire

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643042
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643042.003.0004
Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire and After

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As the most direct heir to the Ottoman Empire, the Turkish Republic enjoys a particular position among its fellow post-imperial states. This chapter examines the dynamic of legacy between empire and republic through the lens of sovereignty. It argues that despite its strong, sometimes extravagant desire to separate itself from the ancien régime, the early republic owed much to its imperial predecessor and shared much in common with its fellow post-Ottoman successor states. It goes on to explore comparisons with these states in order to highlight the extent to which the particular circumstances of its pathway to sovereignty resulted in a distinct profile that increasingly separated Turkey from the other newly created states, especially those that emerged in the formerly Arab provinces of the empire.

Keywords: Ottoman Empire; Turkey; modernization; post-imperial statehood; republic; sovereignty

Chapter.  5684 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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