“Democracy and National Unity Day” in Turkey: the invention of a new national holiday

  title={“Democracy and National Unity Day” in Turkey: the invention of a new national holiday},
  author={Nadav Solomonovich},
  journal={New Perspectives on Turkey},
  pages={55 - 80}
  • Nadav Solomonovich
  • Published 15 January 2021
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • New Perspectives on Turkey
Abstract On the night of July 15, 2016, the Republic of Turkey experienced yet another military coup attempt. However, this attempt failed, mainly due to civilian protest and casualties. Their sacrifice, according to the Turkish state, led to the creation of a new national celebration in Turkey, the “Democracy and National Unity Day.” Following the growing interest of historians in the field of national celebrations, this paper examines the creation of this holiday. It argues that the AKP… 
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