Sorrowful Shores: Violence, Ethnicity, and the End of the Ottoman Empire 1912-1923

Paperback | August 14, 2011

byRyan Gingeras

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The Turkish Republic was formed out of immense bloodshed and carnage. During the decade leading up to the end of the Ottoman Empire and the ascendancy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, virtually every town and village throughout Anatolia was wracked by intercommunal violence. Sorrowful Shores presentsa unique, on-the-ground history of these bloody years of social and political transformation. Challenging the determinism associated with nationalist interpretations of Turkish history between 1912 and 1923, Ryan Gingeras delves deeper into this period of transition between empire and nation-state. Looking closely at a corner of territory immediately south of the old Ottoman capital ofIstanbul, he traces the evolution of various communities of native Christians and immigrant Muslims against the backdrop of the Balkan Wars, the First World War, the Armenian Genocide, the Turkish War of Independence, and the Greek occupation of the region. Drawing on new sources from the Ottoman archives, Gingeras demonstrates how violence was organised at the local level. Arguing against the prevailing view of the conflict as a war between monolithic ethnic groups driven by fanaticism and ancient hatreds, he reveals instead the culpability of severalcompeting states in fanning successive waves of bloodshed.

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The Turkish Republic was formed out of immense bloodshed and carnage. During the decade leading up to the end of the Ottoman Empire and the ascendancy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, virtually every town and village throughout Anatolia was wracked by intercommunal violence. Sorrowful Shores presentsa unique, on-the-ground history of these bl...

Ryan Gingeras was raised and educated in San Diego, California. He received his doctorate in history in 2006 from the University of Toronto and currently resides in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:August 14, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199698341

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Before they Became Turks: Immigration, Political Economy, and Identity in the Prewar South Marmara2. The Politics of the Condemned: The South Marmara during the First World War3. In the Company of Killers: Crime, Recruitment and the Birth of the National Movement in the South Marmara4. The Politics of Revenge: The Rise and Fall of the Loyalist Opposition in the South Marmara5. Separatism, Violence and Collaboration in Bandit Country: The South Marmara during the Greek Occupation6. Settling Accounts: Circassians, Albanians and the Founding of the Turkish RepublicConclusionAppendix One: Cast of CharactersAppendix Two: Glossary of TermsBibliographyIndex

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"Extremely important for making sense out of the transition from Ottoman Empire to Turksih Republic" --Remarks by the President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies for the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize 2009