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Ugur Ümit Üngör

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603602.001.0001

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The Calm after the Storm: The Politics of Memory

The Calm after the Storm: The Politics of Memory

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The Making of Modern Turkey

Uğur Ümit Üngör

Oxford University Press

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

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