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The Depiction of European Feudalism, the Middle Ages, and the Crusades in Late Ottoman and Turkish Republican Imagery: The Constitutive Other of an Emerging Identity

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This chapter probes the depiction of the European Middle Ages in the late Ottoman and early Republican Turkish historical imaginations and the employment of these depictions to construct and reinforce national(ist) visions in line with the modernist premises of the late Ottoman-Turkish national imagination and identity. The chapter attempts to demonstrate the continuity from the late Ottoman historical-national imagination to the Kemalist-Republican historical visions with certain breaks and modi- fications as visible in the construction of the imagery of the medieval Europe as the ‘constitutive other’ and anathema of the modernist and anti-Western Turkish nationalism.

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Western Civilization Civic Pedagogy European History History Textbook Islamic Civilization 
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© Doğan Gürpınar 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istanbul Technical UniversityUK

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