Book review Gunter, Michael M. The Kurds in Turkey: A Political Dilemma. Boulder: Westview Press, 1990. ISBN: 0-8133-8120-7 The history of the Kurds is very much intertwined with the history of the countries in which they reside. There are approximately 24 million Kurds, most of whom live in contiguous areas of Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Geography and world politics have not been kind to the Kurds. They have never had a separate independent entity but were rather always part of other empires. As Gunter points out they are one of the largest ethnic groups in the world without an independent country. Approximately half of the world's Kurds live in Turkey and as such they constitute a little over 25% of the population of Turkey. Kurdish relations with the central government in Ankara and before that the central government of the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul has always been problematical. The central government has tried to integrate them into the fabric of the country while some in the Kurdish community have pushed for a separatist option. In many cases separatism has been as much a reaction to overzealous integrative attempts by the central government as a genuine desire for a
International Journal on Minority and Group Rights – Brill
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