Bringing Palestine Home: A Transnational History of Turkey’s Radical Left and Palestine (1967-1972)

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Bringing Palestine Home: A Transnational History of Turkey’s Radical Left and Palestine (1967-1972)

Type: Master thesis
Title: Bringing Palestine Home: A Transnational History of Turkey’s Radical Left and Palestine (1967-1972)
Author: Cortellari, Andrea
Issue Date: 2020
Keywords: Palestinian Liberation Struggle
Turkish Radical Left
Transnational History
Abstract: The 1960 decade was marked in Turkey by the rise of powerful social movements that led the country to the brink of a civil war. Ultranationalist right and radical left elements were confronting each other in an increasingly violent manner, with the former determined to fight Communism by all means necessary, and the latter striving for changing Turkey through a socialist revolution and increasingly looking with a sympathetic eye towards struggles of decolonization and national liberation. It was in this milieu that the Palestinian guerrillas grew to become a part of the revolutionary dreams of Turkey’s left, which was ready to adopt Palestine and to adapt it to its domestic needs. How did the notion of Palestine become so central for the Turkish left? How was Palestine adopted in the Turkish leftist milieu? Why did the radical leftist youth decide to join the Palestinian camps, and to what consequences? This thesis tackles these questions, mapping the connection between Turkey’s leftist movements and the Palestinian liberation struggle in the 1967-1972 period and proposing a contribution to the literature on Turkey's long 1960s through a global and transnational history approach.
Supervisor: Yenen, A. Alp
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Middle Eastern Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Turkish Studies
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/82728
 

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