Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of by Ugur Umit Ungor, Mehmet Polatel

Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of by Ugur Umit Ungor, Mehmet Polatel

By Ugur Umit Ungor, Mehmet Polatel

This can be the 1st significant research of the mass sequestration of Armenian estate via the younger Turk regime through the 1915 Armenian genocide. It info the emergence of Turkish fiscal nationalism, bargains perception into the industrial ramifications of the genocidal strategy, and describes how the plunder was once equipped at the flooring. The interrelated nature of estate confiscation initiated via the younger Turk regime and its cooperating neighborhood elites bargains new insights into the services and beneficiaries of state-sanctioned theft. Drawing on mystery documents and unexamined documents, the authors reveal that whereas Armenians suffered systematic plunder and destruction, traditional Turks have been assigned a number of estate for his or her growth.

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The first period runs from 1908 28 confiscation and destruction to 1913, the second covers the period from 1913 to 1918. In the first period, the CUP adopted the English model for economic development. It tried to develop a liberal economy in the Ottoman Empire. ’54 However, due to the deepening political crisis of the Ottoman state, the popularity of liberal views declined. Also, the CUP had hoped that liberal policies including free trade and the encouragement of foreign investments would gain the cooperation of the European powers, which would lead to an increase of foreign investment in the Ottoman economy.

89 As a result, he concluded, there was no ‘internal unity’. It is not unthinkable that mythical narratives such as this had already been developed during the genocide by Tekinalp and other Young Turk ideologues to justify the expropriation of Armenians. The narrative naturalizes expropriation policies as an inevitable pendulum of historical justice that swung back and gave Turks what naturally belonged to them. Others too wrote about the necessity of creating a Turkish middle class. The Young Turk journalist Muhittin Birgen (1885–1951) belonged to the left-wing faction in the CUP and argued in his writings that Europe’s development was a result ideological foundations 35 of its strong industrial and commercial classes.

Implicitly this was a plea for Armenians to cooperate closely with Turks in business, including the establishment of joint ventures. 51 But Soghigian’s fate would turn out bitterly different: he was tortured to death in 1915. The (im)possibilities of ethnic nationalist policies in the Ottoman Empire was pondered by other thinkers as well. Whereas the Young Turks were firmly convinced it was the only road to take, opposition liberals like Lütfü Fikri Bey doubted the viability of nationalism, economic or not.

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