The Politics of Public Memory in Turkey

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Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, citizens of Turkey, much like the determined Galip, have been sorting through the rich layers of their history, long covered by the river of a modernist, future-oriented vision. And like [Orhan Pamuk's] evaporating Bosporus, their belief in the future has been drying up. Today many in Turkey curiously excavate through the remnants of their past in order to find clues to help them understand or control the present. Upper-class urbanites frequent antique shops to buy pieces of furniture that their grandparents discarded or 'dealers' stole from the deserted homes and churches of Greeks and Armenians. Expensive restaurants invent and serve 'Ottoman' food to local customers. Memoirs, historical novels, and films become best sellers and sources of unending public discussion in newspapers and on television. Newly married couples recover the long forgotten black-and-white pictures of their grandparents in their youth and use them to decorate their homes. Middle-class women take private lessons to learn the Ottoman script."
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Table of Contents

Illustrations     vii
Contributors     ix
Introduction: The Politics of Public Memory in Turkey   Esra Ozyurek     1
Weaving Modernity, Commercializing Carpets: Collective Memory and Contested Tradition in Orselli Village   Kimberly Hart     16
Stories in Three Dimensions: Narratives of Nation and the Anatolian Civilizations Museum   Asli Gur     40
Remembering a Nine-Thousand-Year-Old Site: Presenting Catalhoyuk   Ayfer Bartu Candan     70
An Endless Death and an Eternal Mourning: November 10 in Turkey   Nazli Okten     95
Public Memory as Political Battleground: Islamist Subversions of Republican Nostalgia   Esra Ozyurek     114
Memories of Violence, Memoirs of Nation: The 1915 Massacres and the Construction of Armenian Identity   Cihan Tugal     138
Polyphony and Geographic Kinship in Anatolia: Framing the Turkish-Greek Compulsory Population Exchange   Asli Igsiz     162
References     191
Index     211
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