Cetinkaya, Dogan, The Young Turks and the Boycott Movement: Nationalism, Protest and the Working Classes in the Formation of Modern Turkey, Londres, I.B.Tauris, 2013, 320p.
The summer of 1908 saw the ‘Young Turks’ attempt to revitalise Turkey with a ‘constitutional revolution’ aimed at reducing the power of the Ottoman Sultan, Abdul Hamid II. Drawing on popular support for the defence of the Ottoman Empire’s Balkan territories, the Young Turks promised to build a nation from the people up, rather than from the top down. Here, Do?an Cetinkaya analyses the history of the Boycott Movement, a series of nationwide public meetings and protests, which enshrined the Turkish democratic voice. The Young Turks and the Boycott Movement is the first history to show how this phenomenon laid the foundations for the modern Turkish state, and will be essential reading for students and scholars of the Ottoman Empire and of the History of Modern Turkey.