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The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in the 1990s

Auteur : Robert Olson
Éditeur : University Press of Kentucky Date & Lieu : 1996, Kentucky
Préface : Pages : 208
Traduction : ISBN : 978-0813-108-964
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 150x230 mm
Thème : Histoire

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The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in the 1990s

In The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in the 1990s leading scholars on the history and plight of the Kurds systematically lay out the case that the Kurdish Question looms as one of the largest threats to peace and stability in the Middle East for the coming decades. With the majority of Kurds living within its borders, no country faces this threat more squarely than Turkey, whose concept of a unified, cohesive nationhood —in which the existence of ethnic minorities is not acknowledged— makes this potential powderkeg more difficult to manage than elsewhere.

Separate sections examine the development of the movement in the 1980s and explore its influence on Turkey's foreign, domestic, and human rights policies, in the end questioning the viability of the Turkish state as presently constituted.

Robert Olson, professor of Middle East and Islamic history at the University of Kentucky, is the author of several books, including The Ba'ath in Syria, 1947-1982, and The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism, 1880-1925.


An edited book is only as good as all of its contributors. As editor of this book, I was fortunate to have a constellation of internationally recognized scholars who believed in the project and agreed to write chapters, for which I am deeply appreciative. They have made an exciting book that illustrates for the first time the most pressing problem in the Middle East in all of its significance. I also want to acknowledge our computers, which have, through electronic mail, made such internationally collaborative projects possible and easier.

The University Press of Kentucky receives accolades for agreeing to pubhsh this book in a handsome format. The University Press staff responded with alacrity and grace to all of the queries and hurried demands of an anxious author. My friend
and colleague. Art Wrobel, agreed to my pleas that he proofread chapters on short notice, and he did so without too much complaint. Gyula Powers, another friend, who also happens to be one of the world's best cartographers, insisted that the book have "two good handmade maps." Lynn Hiler did much to faciUtate the word processing as well as to help me with the necessary commands to do mine. Without her good humor and help, I would not have been able to meet press deadlines.
I am most gratefiil to Aram Nigogosian, who first brought up the idea of pubUshing an edited book on this subject and who shared his ideas throughout the collection and editing process. Lasdy, I am gratefiil to the faculty and administration of the University of Kentucky, who awarded me with a University Research Professorship for 1995-96 that reheved me of teaching duties and permitted me to undertake the task of editing this work.

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