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By Ayse Kadioglu, E Fuat Keyman

Today, nationalism and nationalist sentiments have gotten progressively more stated, making a international emergence of ethno-nationalist and non secular fundamentalist identification conflicts. within the post-9/11 period of overseas terrorism, it really is applicable to signify that nationalism will preserve its important position in politics and native and international affairs for the foreseeable destiny. it really is during this vein that there was a contemporary upsurge of curiosity in regards to the strength of nationalist developments as one of many dominant ideologies of recent times.

Symbiotic Antagonisms seems to be on the state-centric mode of modernization in Turkey that has constituted the very starting place on which nationalism has obtained its ideological prestige and transformative strength. The ebook files a symposium held at Sabanci college, proposing nationalism as a multidimensional, multiactor-based phenomenon that capabilities as an ideology, a discourse, and a political method. Turkish, Kurdish, and Islamic nationalisms are systematically in comparison during this well timed and critical work.

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3 THE TWIN MOTIVES OF TURKISH NATIONALISM MODERN REALITY IS FRAGMENTED BY NATION-STATES THAT EVOLVED along with various nationalisms in Europe in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Various definitions of "us" and "them;' reflected in the concepts of "citizen" and "foreigner;' respectively, emerged in the aftermath of the French Revolution. ). In America and Switzerland, too, immigration control began as a reaction to the French Revolution and fears that Jacobin emissaries had infiltrated immigrant groups.

And constructing a secular and modern national identity. This goal was derived to a large extent from the desire to save the state and secure its existence; it was nationalism that linked security with modernity and became the dominant ideology of the state (Keyman 2008). From the inception of the Turkish nation-state in 1923. modernity and security have constituted intertwined processes that had to be carried out through the ideology of nationalism. As noted, the Kemalist elite's will to civilization was not simply a local project of economic or political modernization.

Thus the foundation of a modern nation-state was seen as the key element of the will to civilization. For the Kemalist elite, modern Turkey could thus possess secularity and rationality, employ reason to initiate progress, and establish a modern industrial economy, thereby fostering the processes of industrialization and modernization. In a Weberian fashion, the purpose of political power was considered to "carry out a social and economic revolution without which the political revolution would dissipate" (Ahmad 1993, p.

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