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The Margins of Empire: Kurdish Militias in the Ottoman Tribal Zone
by Janet Klein
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 inc ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Stanford University Press
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This study is more than a description of Ottoman Kurdish militia units. It is an examination of the twinned modern practices of statecraft and nation-building. However, as this text shows, all too often these noble-sounding concepts involve little more than passing out guns to unscrupulous young men. This is because states are rarely rational or monolithic actors, and even when they do posses a modicum of rationality and unity of action, their movement is constricted and their options are limite ...more