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The Margins of Empire

Auteur : Janet Klein
Éditeur : Stanford University Press Date & Lieu : 1969, Stanford
Préface : Pages : 294
Traduction : ISBN : 978-0-8047-7570-0
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 150x225 mm
Code FIKP : Liv. Ang. Kle. Mar. 4757Thème : Histoire

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The Margins of Empire

The Margins of Empire

Janet Klein

Stanford University Press

At the turn of the twentieth century, the Ottoman state identified multiple threats in its eastern regions. In an attempt to control remote Kurdish populations, Ottoman authorities organized them into a tribal militia and gave them the task of subduing a perceived Armenian threat. Following the story of this militia, Klein explores the contradictory logic of how states incorporate groups they ultimately aim to suppress and how groups who seek autonomy from the state often attempt to do so through state channels.

In the end, Armenian revolutionaries were not suppressed and Kurdish leaders, whose authority the state sought to diminish, were empowered. The tribal militia left a lasting impact on the region and on state-society and Kurdish-Turkish relations. Putting a human face on Ottoman- Kurdish histories while also addressing issues of state building, local power dynamics, violence, and dispossession, this book vividly engages in the study of the paradoxes inherent in modern statecraft.

Janet Klein is Assistant Professor of History at The University of Akron.

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