Nation–states and ethnic boundaries: modern Turkish identity and Turkish–Kurdish conflict

  title={Nation–states and ethnic boundaries: modern Turkish identity and Turkish–Kurdish conflict},
  author={Mustafa Saatci},
  journal={Nations and Nationalism},
  • M. Saatci
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Sociology
  • Nations and Nationalism
Ethnic and religious conflicts are two of the most pressing issues facing Turkey today. This article offers the argument that the development of the Turkish state and identity, and Turkey’s peripheral position in the interstate system, have collectively determined the parameters and dynamics of the conflicts. It is argued that modern Turkish identity has been forged by the state through the nation–state formation process that began in the 1920s. During the transition from Ottoman Empire to… 
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