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A Nation of Empire: The Ottoman Legacy of Turkish Modernity

Michael Meeker


This study of modern Turkey is the result of many years of ethnographic fieldwork and archival research. The author combines anthropological and historical methods to examine the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic in a major region of the country, the eastern Black Sea coast. His most significant finding is that a state-oriented provincial oligarchy played a key role in successive programs of reform over the course of more than two hundred years of imperial and national history. As the author demonstrates, leading individuals backed by interpersonal networks determined ... More

Keywords: Turkey, Ottoman Empire, Turkish Republic, provincial oligarchy, Black Sea coast, programs of reform, imperial history, national history, official documents, consular reports

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520225268
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Meeker, author

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Part I Aghas and Hodjas

Part II The Dissemination of an Imperial Modernity

Part III The Old State Society and the New State System

Part IV Old Modernity and New Modernity