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dc.contributor.advisorÇınar, Aleven_US
dc.contributor.authorİpek, Yaseminen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-24T13:36:11Z
dc.date.available2017-07-24T13:36:11Z
dc.date.copyright2017-06
dc.date.issued2017-07
dc.date.submitted2017-07-21
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/33504
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of article.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.): Bilkent University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, 2017.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 242-255).en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this dissertation, I examine how autobiographical writing becomes a peculiar political space for Kazım Karabekir, Ali Fuat Cebesoy and Rauf Orbay, three major leaders of the Turkish War of Independence and the Progressive Republican Party (PRP). I unpack how their autobiographies have continued to shape contemporary public debates on political legitimacy by redefining rulership, patriotism and the national character (milli karakter). The analysis of their autobiographies transcends the scholarly works that either view PRP as a peripheral opposition against a top-down modernist center or overemphasize the Unionist political legacy. Focusing on autobiographies instead of their party program reveals the most neglected aspect of their ideological legacy within the existing literature—an idiosyncratic form of elitist conservative nationalism along with this Unionist legacy. I offer an innovative interdisciplinary approach that expands the political science discipline with anthropological and literaryanalyses by demonstrating the centrality of contestations over nationalist morality in shaping the right-wing conservative politics in contemporary Turkey. I analyze PRP’s legacy by looking at how these autobiographical texts extensively build on moralizing discourses that presume a form of virtue specific to the Turkish nation—national character. Through an intertextual politics the authors claim to embody a nationalist morality that rests on character traits and dispositions that were displayed during the Independence War. I suggest that moralizing discourses ultimately reframe a complex set of political disagreements of the time in terms of character and personality—those who are worthy of representing and governing the nation, vs. those who are not.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Yasemin İpek.en_US
dc.format.extentxiii, 258 leaves ; 29 cmen_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessen_US
dc.subjectAutobiographyen_US
dc.subjectConservatismen_US
dc.subjectHistory of Early Republican Turkeyen_US
dc.subjectNationalismen_US
dc.subjectProgressive Republican Partyen_US
dc.titleReclaiming the nation, moralizing politics: narratives of political legitimacy in autobiographies of progressive Republican Party leadersen_US
dc.title.alternativeMillet iddiası, siyasetin ahlakileştirilmesi: Terakkiperver Cumhuriyet Partisi liderlerinin otobiyografilerinde m eşruiyet anlatılarıen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of Political Science and Public Administrationen_US
dc.publisherBilkent Universityen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
dc.identifier.itemidB156050
dc.embargo.release2020-07-17


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