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The Başbağlar Massacre went down in history as the second massacre that happened in the first week of July in 1993. A group of PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) cmae into the village of Başbağlar in Erzincan and killed 28 people. Despite the fact that 25 years passed, the subjects of the Başbağlar Massacre have not… » read more

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  Almost half of the Syrian population has been displaced since the onset of the civil war in 2012. The Turkish province accommodating the highest number of Syrian refugees in the country is İstanbul with 20 per cent according to Ajans Press (The media monitoring company). According to Ajans Press, Istanbul accommodates 561.159 Syrian refugees.… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

    Today, thousands of students who have the dream to get education in prestigious high schools have taken the exam of LGS (Exam for Enterance to High Schools). I hereby want to publish a post dealing with the education system in Turkey within a historical perspective and I will also attempt to employ the… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

The history of Turkey has witnessed military interventions almost once in every decade. Before shedding light upon the 1960 intervention, it is important to look at the anatomy of civil-military relations. In Turkey, the concept of “Internal Enemy” has been regarded as an attempt to justify the role of the military in politics. In retrospect,… » read more

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Bernard Lewis, a preeminent scholar of Middle Eastern history whose work profoundly shaped Western views of the region died on May 19. He was 101 years old. Beyond the polarizing arguments among the academics, Dr. Lewis was a man of expansive intellectual appetites…Lewis wrote more than 30 books, hundreds of articles and had competence in… » read more

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This article was published in European Journal of Turkish Studies. It provides an insigthful anaylsis about the developments regarding the labor movement in Turkey… One of the paragraphs says the following:   “The predominant view of the labor movement in Turkey is one that sees the movement as relatively inconsequential to the development of Turkish… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

In this article, I will apply one of the important sociological theoretical frameworks namely “center-periphery” to Turkish political life. The concept of “center-periphery” was firstly coined by Edward Shils.Shils regarded Center as the center of the order of symbols, of values and beliefs. The Center is also a phenomenon of the realm of action. It… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak