(Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013), xv + 328 pp., isbn 0 81 563317 4. Although nationalist accounts of the Turkish Revolution and studies adopting the modernization paradigm have long dominated the literature on early Republican Turkey, a third vein of scholarship has emerged in recent years, broadening the scope of the history of this period by taking into consideration the societal transformation which accompanied the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. Hale Yılmaz’s work on the Turkish nation-building process, Becoming Turkish , is a fresh contribution to this emerging scholarship. In a search for a more inclusive kind of history of the early republican period, Hale Yılmaz focuses on the interactions between the young Turkish state and society regarding the implementation of four specific nationalist-modernist reforms, namely the Hat Law of 1925 on men’s attire, attempts to modernize women’s dress, the Alphabet Law of 1928, which introduced a new Latin-based Turkish script to replace the Arabic-based Ottoman script, and finally the promulgation and celebration of new national holidays. These experiences ranged from active promotion and passive reception to outright rejection of the reforms in question by different segments of society. Oral histories, memoirs, local and
Turkish Historical Review – Brill
Published: Mar 18, 2015
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