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Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire
The Ottoman revolution of 1908 is a study in contradictions—a positive manifestation of modernity intended to reinstate constitutional rule, yet ultimately a negative event that shook the fundamental structures of the empire, opening up ethnic, religious, and political conflicts. Shattered Dreams of Revolution considers this revolutionary event to tell the stories of three ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 15th 2014 by Stanford University Press
(first published October 8th 2014)
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Много добро книжле, разглеждащо революцията от 1908г. през погледа на различните етнически групи в ОИ, главно арменци, араби и евреи. Последната глава и заключението, правещо паралели между 1908 и арабската пролет, са страхотни!
Bedross Der Matossian’s Shattered Dreams of Revolution is an examination of the complex ethnic politics that resulted in the failure of the Young Turk constitutional revolution of 1908. The proverbial “last gasp” of Westernizing political reform for the Ottoman Empire, Matossian argues that while the Young Turks pushed for Western models of constitutional parliamentarianism, their principal concern was centralizing the Empire and constructing a new “Ottoman” identity (3). This meant that in the ...more
This was another difficult book to read. It's short, only 178 pages of actual content, and covers just a two year period in the history of the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1909. This period covers the transition from the government of the sultan through a short constitutional democracy to the "constitutional dictatorship" of the CUP party. The author, Bedros Der Matossian, gives a very detailed explanation of what was happening in the various parts of the empire and among the various ethnic groups. It h ...more