Periods, needs, spaces in the production of collective memory: La Turquie Contemporaine and La Turquie Kemaliste


Suda E. Z.

ПОЛИТИЧЕСКОЕ ПРОСТРАНСТВО И СОЦИАЛЬНОЕ ВРЕМЯ: ГЛОБАЛЬНЫЕ ВЫЗОВЫ И ЦИВИЛИЗАЦИОННЫЕ ОТВЕТЫ, Stavropol, Russia, 5 - 07 November 2020, vol.2, pp.320-349

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • City: Stavropol
  • Country: Russia
  • Page Numbers: pp.320-349

Abstract

A great amount of theoretical arguments are produced and discussions made on times, conditions and construction of collective memory in academic circles in Turkey as in worldwide lately as a result of the centenary of the Great War. While doing this, it is accepted that in the production of collective memory in different historical contexts, specific conditions and spaces should be taken into consideration. That is to say there are theoretical generalities in the theory of construction, quality or the purpose of collective memory. In Ottoman-Turkish case there are lots of studies concentrated on the early Republican period. 1920 and 30s are the critical years that the governing elites tried to heal the wounds left from the collapse of the Ottoman State and the Great War period; and we must mention from the efforts for the construction of a new nation state with its economic, political and ideological needs, in short, the construction of the Turkish nation out of an Empire.

In this paper we like to deal with the construction of the national identity while concentrating on a book published by the General Directorate of Press in 1935, namely La Turquie Contemporaine and a periodical published 49 issues in between 1933-1949, La Turquie Kemaliste.