From silence to mobilization: the Caucasian diaspora in republican Turkey

Author/s Fabio L. Grassi
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/114 Language Italian
Pages 16 P. 41-56 File size 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, Dal silenzio alla mobilitazione: la diaspora caucasica nella Turchia repubblicana in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 114/2021, pp 41-56, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2021-114003