The Seljuks of Rum in Turkish Republican nationalist historiography /
Gürpınar, Doğan (2004) The Seljuks of Rum in Turkish Republican nationalist historiography /. [Thesis]
This study investigates how Seljuks of Rum are posited within the Turkish historty in the republican era. Although this study had confined itself only to academically oriented studies, rather than being a study of historiography, it tried to displaty the nationalist baggage that had to be tried to realized upon constructions of Seljuks of Rum. After overviewing the late Ottoman historiography and their shy encounter with Seljuks of Rum and "western Turks", the study begins with discussing the Kemalist imagination of Turkish history with a special focus on the Kemalist position towards Seljuks of Rum in this imagination. Fuad Köprülü, who had revolutionarty impact on the studies of Seljuks of Rum had been also under scrunity and had been analyzed how he had posited Seljuks of Rum in the Turkish history. Finally, study approaches to the later works on Seljuks of Rum and Great Seljuks by politically conservative oriented scholars and especially Osman Turan. In the conclusion, all these alternative interpretations of Seljuks of Rum had been analyzed in the light of their differing modes of nationalism and concluded that different interpretations although clashing partially had been reflections of the gradually consolidating of ideology of the modern Turkish nation-state.
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