1908, un tournant national irréversible

* This is the final chapter of my PhD thesis, presented at the EHESS in 2013, entitled “Une nation impériale. Construire une communauté politique ottomane moderne au lendemain de la révolution de 1908.” [An imperial nation. Constructing a modern Ottoman political community in the aftermath of the 1908 revolution.] (Featured image: Wikimedia Commons) La révolution…

Digital resources for Ottoman and Turkish history

* Originally published at Dissertation Reviews in February 2014 An overview of three digitized collections of interest to historians of the late Ottoman Empire and republican Turkey: Parliamentary Minutes (available at the website of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey), Hakkı Tarık Us collection, Ankara University’s digitized collection. I could have titled this article “Historical…

The 31st March incident: Political élites faced with conflict during the Young Turk period

Paper presented at: Ottomans/Turks in Conflict, 1800-2010: New Approaches, Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar at Columbia University, New York, April 2011 « Il est, dans l’état présent de nos sociétés, inévitable que les diverses classes aient des intérêts opposés et prennent conscience de leurs antagonismes. Le malheur de la patrie commence quand la légitimité de ces heurts n’est…

The 1908 Young Turk revolution: an unfinished revolution?

* Paper presented at: From Rebellion to Revolution: Dynamics of Political Change, 16th Berlin Roundtables organized by the Irmgard Coninx Stiftung, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and Humboldt University, Berlin, 17-20 October 2012 A lot of controversy surrounds the revolution that broke out in the Ottoman Empire in July 1908, known as the Young Turk…

The Ottoman Parliament’s interpretation of the 1909 events: a manifestation of irtica?

Paper presented at: Adana 1909: History, Memory and Identity from a Hundred Year Perspective, Conference organized by Boğaziçi, Sabancı and Bilgi Universities, the Hrant Dink Foundation and the Gomidas Institute, Istanbul, November 2009 One of the things that distinguish the Adana massacres from other, similar episodes in Ottoman history, is the fact that they were…