Sevil Özçalık

Sevil Özçalık Promoting an Alliance, Furthering Nationalism

Promoting an Alliance, Furthering Nationalism

Ernst Jäckh and Ahmed Emin in the Time of the First World War

Studien zum Modernen Orient 30

Klaus Schwarz Verlag
Sprache: Englisch
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Paperback, 252 Seiten
ISBN 9783879974719
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This book inves­ti­gates how the German-Ottoman Alli­ance affected the Turkish Natio­na­lism during the Second Consti­tu­tional Period (1908–1918), focu­sing on two lesser known but crucial players of the Alli­ance: Ahmed Emin (Yalman, 1888–1972) and Ernst Jäckh (1875–1959). After the First World War, both men had repu­ta­tions as being liberal, pro-American jour­na­lists. This book explores their papers and inves­ti­gates their wartime acti­vi­ties and connec­tions, and shows how they helped the German-Ottoman Alli­ance to take root.
Ahmed Emin, a graduate of the German School in Istanbul, was sent by the Ottoman Minister of War, Enver Pasha, to the German Front during World War I and through his German and Turkish writings, advo­cated strongly for the promo­tion of the German-Ottoman Alli­ance. Ernst Jäckh was a consul­tant to Emperor Wilhelm II in his Eastern affairs and made several trips to the Ottoman Empire. In the process he built up a repu­ta­tion as being »Turkish-Jäckh« among German impe­ria­list circles due to his Young Turkish connec­tions. Through their writings and the various insti­tu­tions they enrolled, they both became key figures of the German-Ottoman Alli­ance.
Also by evalua­ting the writings of the Ottoman political elite of the Era on Germany this book shows how the so-called »German spirit« was constructed by the Ottoman political elite, inclu­ding Ahmed Emin. It also clari­fies how certain elements of German natio­na­lism were appro­priated into Turkish natio­na­list thin­king by the channel of German impe­ria­lists, inclu­ding Ernst Jäckh. Oppo­sing the common view that the support for the German-Ottoman Alli­ance was limited only to a certain clique of the Committee of Union and Progress, this book seeks to answer how the »main­st­ream intel­lec­tuals« of the Second Consti­tu­tional period who supported the Alli­ance protected their repu­ta­tions after World War I, and how this German-Ottoman Alli­ance gave Turkish natio­na­lism a German character.