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From silence to mobilization: the Caucasian diaspora in republican Turkey
Author/s: Fabio L. Grassi 
Year:  2021 Issue: 114 Language: Italian 
Pages:  16 Pg. 41-56 FullText PDF:  174 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PASS2021-114003
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Nearly seven million Turkish citizens are fully or partly descendants of refugees coming from Northern and South-Western Caucasus and more than two million of them keep and vigorously affirm a strong commitment to their roots. The public expression of their identity was totally forbidden from 1923 to 1946, but has been more or less tolerated since then. After a discussion of some meaningful events of the republican age, a survey of the current situation of this community is provided. Traditionally present in the Ottoman and later republican state apparatus much more than the Kurds, perceived as a privileged rather than a victimized minority, the Caucasian diaspora looks increasingly less inclined to blend in.
Keywords: Caucasus, Diaspora, Circassians, Turkey, Identity, Claims

Fabio L. Grassi, From silence to mobilization: the Caucasian diaspora in republican Turkey in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 114/2021, pp. 41-56, DOI:10.3280/PASS2021-114003


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