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The Rise of the Hittite Sun: A Deconstruction of Western Civilization from the Margin

Wendy Shaw

in Selective Remembrances

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226450582
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226450643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.003.0006
The Rise of the Hittite Sun: A Deconstruction of Western Civilization from the Margin

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This chapter focuses on the rewriting of Turkish history in the early 1930s sponsored by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk himself. It shows how the rewriting of Turkish history mirrored and inverted the theories of Western origins that were then popular, including notably the civilizing roles attributed to superior Aryans. This chapter highlights the use of the rich archaeological remains from Turkey to support this Turkish historical narrative, such as the Hittite sun which initially symbolized the emergent secular state.

Keywords: Turkish history; Mustafa Kemal Ataturk; Aryans; archaeological remains; historical narrative; secular state

Chapter.  10730 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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