A Theorist Between Fascism and Nationalism in the First Wave of Turkish Nationalism: Nihal Atsiz

By Ahmed Baran Dural.

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1940s were the hardest years for the Turkish political life. After the Atatürk, the “first man”, passed away; İsmet İnönü, the “Second Man”, who was the new leader of Republic of Turkey, was in an effort to place the governance principles of the late “charismatic” leader on bureaucratic and rational grounds. Although CHP (Republican People’s Party) placed itself in “centre left” so as to have an ideological ground, it gave importance to nationalist ideology’s remaining as a necessary ally of the state. However, the nationalist elites who aimed to politicise the nationalism which was not dependant from the state and bring it together with the masses were creating a new nationalistic coding system criticising the rituals of the “State Nationalism” in order to get together but not under CHP.

Keywords: Turkish Nationalism, Turkism, Nihal Atsız, CHP, Kemalism, 1944

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.159-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 849.099KB).

Dr. Ahmed Baran Dural

Associate Profesor Doctor, Economics and Administrative Sciences Faculty, Public Administration Department, TC Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey

A. Baran Dural is an Associate Professor Doctor. Dural has a doctorate degree on the “History of New-Era Turkish Politics” and gives lectures at Trakya University Public Administration Department. Heading the Political and Social Sciences Discipline, Dural has published several books and many articles on Ataturk and some aspects of Turkish Modernization process. The titles of his books can be stated as follows: His Story: Mustafa Kemal and Turkish Revolution (In English-2007), Revolt and Obeisance: Turkish Conservatism and Nurettin Topcu (2005, 2010), Leadership of Ataturk (2002, 2004, 2008), Ataturk For Beginners (2009) and Turkish Historical Novels (1991).


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