Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781856498227 Published October 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.95 ISBN: 9781856498210 Published October 2000 For sale in North and South America only

Primitive Rebels or Revolutionary Modernizers

The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in Turkey

Paul J. White

Primitive Rebels or Revolutionary Modernizers

Paul J. White

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272 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2000
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781856498227 Published October 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.95 ISBN: 9781856498210 Published October 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Protests worldwide followed the capture and trial of the Kurdish nationalist leader Abdullah Ocalan in 1999. Millions of people are now aware of the long fight by Icalan's PKK guerillas in Turkey. But where does the PKK come from? What are its aims? Who supports it? What will its future be without ™calan to guide it? And, most important of all, is there now a real prospect for a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish question in Turkey and a democratic future that recognises the cultural plurality of the country?

This timely book seeks answers to these questions and provides an informative, up-to-date and readable account of the Kurdish reality in Turkey today.

Its focus is a critical examination of the Kurdish nationalist movement -- especially the largest and most powerful grouping, the PKK. Its evolution is traced. Initially reliant on armed struggle, the PKK had in fact, the author shows, made significant strides towards becoming a mainstream mass political movement before Ocalan's arrest. 

Original interviews with Icalan, his rival Kurdish nationalist leaders and ordinary PKK guerillas are woven into the text. They make possible an understanding of Abdullah Ocalan's personality as well as revealing much about leadership in contemporary Kurdish nationalism. Of particular interest also is the author's revisionist discussion of the Alevi Kurds.
Contents
Preface
1. The Kurds as Primitive Rebels.
2. Who are the Kurds?
3. Kurdish Religious and Ethnic Divisions
4. The Development of the Kurdish National Movement in Turkey: 1879-1965
5. The Political Economy of Turkish Kurdistan
6. The Kurdish National Movement and the Turkish Left: 1965-1999
7. From Serîhildan to Europe
8. Conclusion: Leadership in the Kurdish National Movement Today
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