The Single- Party Period: Before And The Aftermath

The Single- Party Period: Before And The Aftermath

There has never been a period except for the single party-period in our recent history, whose we haven’t paid the price. Sultan Abdulhamit II was disenthroned and imprisoned by unionists after his 33-years rule; Enver Pasha and Cemal Pasha fled abroad risking their political position; all members of Ottoman dynasty sent exile; The Democratic Party was responded to executions and imprisonment. The Republican People’s Party government, which ruled the country with an iron fist, heavy prohibitions and a strict dictatorship for a quarter century, remained as the sole entity that did not account for what they had done so far. That’s why our recent history couldn’t be written properly. Mustafa Armağan, who is known for his researches on recent history, undertook the mission of making a proper account of that unaccounted period in his book Tek Parti Devri (Single-Party Period). He draws the picture of that time with the examples such as Independence Tribunals, Dersim Genocide, erecting statues while the entire country was starved and banning access to archives.

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There has never been a period except for the single party-period in our recent history, whose we haven’t paid the price. Sultan Abdulhamit II was disenthroned and imprisoned by unionists after his 33-years rule; Enver Pasha and Cemal Pasha fled abroad risking their political position; all members of Ottoman dynasty sent exile; The Democratic Party was responded to executions and imprisonment. The Republican People’s Party government, which ruled the country with an iron fist, heavy prohibitions and a strict dictatorship for a quarter century, remained as the sole entity that did not account for what they had done so far. That’s why our recent history couldn’t be written properly. Mustafa Armağan, who is known for his researches on recent history, undertook the mission of making a proper account of that unaccounted period in his book Tek Parti Devri (Single-Party Period). He draws the picture of that time with the examples such as Independence Tribunals, Dersim Genocide, erecting statues while the entire country was starved and banning access to archives.

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