Primitive Rebels or Revolutionary Modernizers?
The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in Turkey
By (author) Paul J. White
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Primitive Rebels or Revolutionary Modernizers? by Paul J. White
Book DescriptionProtests worldwide followed the capture and trial of the Kurdish nationalist leader Abdullah Ocalan in 1999. Millions of people are now aware of the long fight by Ocalan's PKK guerillas in Turkey. But where does the PKK come from? What are its aims? Who supports it? What will its future be without Ocalan to guide it? And, most important of all, is there now a real prospect for a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish question in Turkey and a democratic future that recognises the cultural plurality of the country? This timely book seeks answers to these questions and provides an informative, up-to-date and readable account of the Kurdish reality in Turkey today. Its focus is a critical examination of the Kurdish nationalist movement -- especially the largest and most powerful grouping, the PKK. Its evolution is traced. Initially reliant on armed struggle, the PKK had in fact, the author shows, made significant strides towards becoming a mainstream mass political movement before Ocalan's arrest. Original interviews with Icalan, his rival Kurdish nationalist leaders and ordinary PKK guerillas are woven into the text. They make possible an understanding of Abdullah Ocalan's personality as well as revealing much about leadership in contemporary Kurdish nationalism. Of particular interest also is the author's revisionist discussion of the Alevi Kurds.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781856498227
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul J. White
Remaking the Middle East, Hardback (April 1997)» View all books by Paul J. White
As part of the "Nationalism and Internationalism" series, this volume examines such areas as: civil war, community and state in the Middle East; the impasse of liberalizing Arab authoritarianism; the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Lebanon; and Iran's foreign policy since the Gulf war.
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Author Biography - Paul J. White
Dr Paul J White teaches Middle Eastern Studies at Deakin University. A Kurdish Studies specialist, he has contributed numerous papers and articles to learned journals, particularly on the Kurdish Question. He is the Editor (with William S. Logan) of Remaking the Middle East (1997). He is a member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and serves on the Board of Directors of the Kurdish Institute, Washington DC.
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