Defending the Nation? Maintaining Turkey's Narrative of the Armenian Genocide

  title={Defending the Nation? Maintaining Turkey's Narrative of the Armenian Genocide},
  author={Jennifer M. Dixon},
  journal={South European Society and Politics},
  pages={467 - 485}
  • Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Published 1 September 2010
  • Sociology
  • South European Society and Politics
This paper focuses on two recent periods in which agents of the Turkish state actively defended Turkey's official narrative of the Armenian genocide. I argue that the set of strategies developed by Turkish officers and bureaucrats under the military regime in power from 1980 to 1983 established a pattern of state response that was replicated by bureaucratic elites in the face of new challenges to the official narrative two decades later. Understanding this authoritarian legacy helps explain the… 

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