Fuat Köprülü’s Understanding on Nationalism and his Approach on Turkism Cover Image

Fuat Köprülü’nün Milliyetçilik Anlayişi Ve Onun Türkçülük’e İlişkin Yaklaşimi
Fuat Köprülü’s Understanding on Nationalism and his Approach on Turkism

Author(s): Ernur Genç
Subject(s): Cultural history, Political history, Social history, Culture and social structure , Nationalism Studies, Period(s) of Nation Building
Published by: Uluslararası Kıbrıs Üniversitesi
Keywords: Fuat Koprulu; Nationalism; Turkish Nationalism; Republic; İdeology of Republic; Nation State;

Summary/Abstract: At present study is tried to be addressed the notion of “Turkism” and “Turkish nationalism” of Köprülü in the light of his general intellectual and academical perspective and standing. In the historical process towards the nation-state, the appealing and forming of “Turkish nationalism” in the form of both “cultural nationalism” and “political nationalism” as is represented in the public sphere is relatively embodied as an intellectual and political formation later than Ottomanism and Islamism movements. However, in the establishment process of the Republic, it relatively becomes dominant and functions as a cement for the building of a new nation-state in contrast with the other movements and to the extent the historical conditions also necessitated. In that process and the earlier period of the Republic, Köprülü renders sophisticated and deeper his notion of Turkism and Turkish nationalism by benefiting from the intellectuals like Yusuf Akçura and Ziya Gökalp besides the intellectual sources in the west. Additionally, he has a holistic concept of the history and improves a structural analyse which considers the historical events with the dimensions of the social, political, cultural and economical. His workings are formed in the wide range of the social history or historical sociology, the history of politics, cultural history, ethnography and the history of literature. He also takes into consideration together the “structure” and “change”. For Köprülü, the history has not any worth solitary and in itself. His main aim at dealing with the history and historical is not to do a pure historiography, but “to connect the social act to the thought” and find answer to the questions within the historical conditions of his period by creating a historical awareness. His nationalism notion also is a product of approach that grounds on territorial and historical one rather than racist and ethnical one.

  • Issue Year: 18/2012
  • Issue No: 71
  • Page Range: 47-82
  • Page Count: 36
  • Language: Turkish