Past Event

CANCELLED - The Revolution Looks Inward: Internal Reflections on Elites and the Countryside in Ataturk's Turkey, 1931-1938

March 23, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Room 411, Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University

UPDATE 3/10: Based on the latest travel, visitor, and event guidelines from Columbia University in response to the developing situation with COVID-19, and in an effort to be mindful of everyone's health and safety, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this event on Monday, March 23rd. We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause!

Featured Speaker: Ryan Gingeras, Naval Postgraduate School

By 1931, the men who governed the Republic of Turkey were confident that they had built a strong, centralized state upon the wreckage of the Ottoman Empire. Yet doubts within the inner circle of Ataturk's government remained. Beginning in 1931, ruling party officials in Ankara commissioned a series of investigative surveys of political, economic and social life in the Turkish countryside. The conclusions of these surveys reveal much about how Turkey's leaders genuinely perceived both the achievements and limits of the revolution inaugurated by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. This talk takes a critical look at these internal reports and places them in the context of other revolutionary and post-imperial states in the aftermath of the First World War.

Sponsored by The Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies & The Department of History

NO RSVP required – Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.