The Myth of the Military-Nation
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As the utterances of Turkey’s legendary leader, most famous historian, and the most celebrated (and remembered) Minister of Education make clear, the idea that the Turkish nation is a military-nation (ordu-millet or asker-ulus)1 is one of the foundational myths of Turkish nationalism. The popular saying, “Her Türk asker doğar” (every Turk is born a soldier) is repeated in daily conversations, school textbooks, the speeches of public officials and intellectuals, and is used as a drill slogan during military service. Its legitimacy goes without saying. In this chapter, my aim is to attempt a genealogy of the term military-nation and discuss the making of the myth that “the Turkish nation is a military-nation.”
KeywordsMilitary Service Turkish State Turkish Culture Turkish Republic Military Conscription
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