Zadrozna: Reconstructing the past in a post-Ottoman Village
Talks about the “Memory House of Ataturk” (mustafa kemal) as a focal point for macedonian ethnic identities, utilization of Ataturk as a symbol and claiming him (either through his lineage or pan-Turkishness) to be a rallying point.
historical consciousness is not a homogenous but rather a multilayered and complex process which can encompass apparently contradicting narratives of the past, not only within one nation-state - pg 12
3 types of self identification:
- “Turk” <- isolated to the Lower Zupa region
Identities revolve around primordialist arguments but are linked to political ones:
“Macedonians” support Macedonian political parties, the majority of the “Turks” vote for the Democratic Party of the Turks, and the Torbesi support the Part for European Future - PEI, which have actively worked for the legal recongition of the Torbesi as a separate ethnic group - pg 4
Who own Ataturk?
- Based on ideals that Ataturk’s father was born in Kocacik, some groups claim ethic Turkishness
- Application of a constructed identity in modern times flowing backwards in time
- possibly helped by the Turkish nation’s embracing of Ottoman identities - Danforth: The Ottoman Empire from 1923 to Today