Hittites, Ottomans and Turks:
Agaoglu Ahmed Bey and the Kemalist Construction
of Turkish Nationhood in Anatolia
This article analyses the position of the Hittites in the theoretical development of Turkish nationalism in the 20th century. The piece provides an outline of the full content of the Hittite claim in a Turkish nationalist context, particularly its promulgation as part of the so-called ‘Turkish History Thesis’. Following this, I will give full weight to the historical circumstances surrounding the
emergence of the Hittite trope in Turkish writing . . . The article shows that the propagation of the Kemalist concept of Turkish nationalism in Anatolia dates back to 1922, a year prior to the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.
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