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The Army and the Radical Left in Turkey: Military Coups, Socialist Revolution and Kemalism

The Army and the Radical Left in Turkey: Military Coups, Socialist Revolution and Kemalism
Ozgur Mutlu Ulus

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In 1960s Turkey, the armed forces and the radical leftist movement provided two very dynamic, but very different, political forces. However, somewhat surprisingly, the majority of radical leftists believed in the revolutionary potential of the armed forces in overthrowing the current regime and replacing it with a quasi-socialist one. This book considers the changing perspectives of the radical leftist movement towards the political role of the military in Turkey. Using a textual analysis of different leftist groups, including the Communist Party of Turkey, Ozgur Mutlu Ulus describes the development of the leftist movement in Turkey after the 1960 coup and explains why most leftists chose to encourage a military revolution, which they hoped would bring about the triumph of socialism in Turkey.

Author Info

Ozgur Mutlu Ulus holds a PhD in Turkish Studies from University of Leiden.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Tauris Academic Studies
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies

Hardback
ISBN: 9781848854840
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2010
Number of Pages: 280
Height: 216
Width: 134

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