Kumru Toktamis' review of 'Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination' by Stefan Ihrig

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Public Seminar has posted a review by our own Prof. Kumru Toktamis of Stefan Ihrig's book Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination.

....Ihrig, in his nuanced and detailed treatment of Nazi constructions of MKA shows that they might have misunderstood and fully ignored one of Atatürk’s main dictums “peace at home, peace abroad” (p.170) in their attempts to highlight his martial qualities for their own purpose and goals. Amidst his remarkable research on the Nazi war cries, crimes and consequences, it may so be that Ihrig himself might have neglected to see the cost and consequences of the kind of “peace” MKA had established for Turkey. Atatürk’s “peace at home” in practice was experienced as the criminalization of Kurds, Islamists, and any claim regarding Armenians, thus stifling public discourse and democratization for decades to come. But identifying the ills of the Atatürk’s regimes was not Ihrig’s task. Yet, anyone who is doing research to revise and reconsider Turkish official historiography still needs to engage with Ihrig’s discussion, as much as any student of nationhood, militarism and democracy.....

You can read the complete review here:
http://www.publicseminar.org/2014/12/review-ataturk-in-the-nazi-imagination/
Atatürk visiting Istanbul University after its reorganization with the University Law of May 31, 1933, that introduced mixed-sex education to the academies, colleges and universities in Turkey. © Unknown| forumex.net




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