Two Sides of the Black Sea: Ukrainian Advocacy in the Ottoman Empire
On occasion, old books can have oddly prescient titles. Ukrayna, Rusya, Türkiye: Makaleler Mecmuası is one such book. I came across it during one of my usual cataloguing sweeps, and thought that I’d shelve it somewhere in my memory. And that’s where that knowledge has lived for the last few years. But since Russia invaded…
The Historicity of the Mundane: Turkish Periodicals from the 1930s
What the ephemera of the everyday gives us is how ordinary people lived through such changes; how they saw them reflected in themselves, and how they, in turn, saw themselves reflected or erased in new ideals.
Balo Bilatti and the Trials of Exile
At the start of May, a row erupted between the political classes of Armenia and Azerbaijan regarding each titular nation’s alleged collaboration with Nazi forces during the Second World War. The Great Patriotic War, as it is often known in the former Soviet states, is still a major event in many nations’ historical narratives. The…
日本のチュルク人 : A Look at Soviet Turkic Exile Politics in Japan
A look at 1930s Turkic exile politics in Japan through the history of a Yangi Yapon Mokhbire magazine.
The Sanzhyra: An Unabashedly Personal History
History is a funny thing. For starters, the word has many different connotations in English. It might be events and situations in the past. Or it could be the study of those happenings (but not the study of the study, that’s historiography). And, of course, it has colloquial uses too: “We’ve got history” speaks to…