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Ufuk Adak


'Ottomanalgia' and the Protests in Turkey

[A scene from the Panorama 1453 History Museum. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

It was the sixth day since a peaceful sit-in had begun in Gezi Park in Istanbul to protect the last remaining green space in the center of the city. Protests had spread throughout the country due to the excessive use of force by police, including tear gas, water cannons, and plastic bullets against protesters from various backgrounds. On this same day, 2 June, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a talk on the importance of preserving the Ottoman heritage at the opening ...

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Ufuk Adak


Ufuk Adak is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Cincinnati. He is currently writing his dissertation on prisons in Izmir and Salonica in the late Ottoman Empire.