Nationalism in Turkey as a political ideology is the principal theme of this work. Topics examined include: group identiy in the Ottoman Empire; the secular nationalism of Kemalism; the radical right; Pan-Turkism; the relationship between Turkish nationalism and Islam; and Turkey as a ‘kin state’. Finally, the author assesses the prospects for Turkey’s competing nationalisms — secular Kemalism, the attempted ‘Turkish Islamic Syntheses’, radical Islam and Kurdish nationalism.
Hugh Poulton teaches at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is the author of Who are the Macedonians? and The Top Hat, The Grey Wolf and the Crescent, also available from New York University Press.