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Selective RemembrancesArchaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts$
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Philip L. Kohl, Mara Kozelsky, and Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226450582

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.001.0001

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The Rise of the Hittite Sun: A Deconstruction of Western Civilization from the Margin

The Rise of the Hittite Sun: A Deconstruction of Western Civilization from the Margin

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Selective Remembrances
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Wendy Shaw

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the rewriting of Turkish history in the early 1930s sponsored by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk himself. It shows how the rewriting of Turkish history mirrored and inverted the theories of Western origins that were then popular, including notably the civilizing roles attributed to superior Aryans. This chapter highlights the use of the rich archaeological remains from Turkey to support this Turkish historical narrative, such as the Hittite sun which initially symbolized the emergent secular state.

Keywords:   Turkish history, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Aryans, archaeological remains, historical narrative, secular state

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