Book Description: How do insurgents and governments select their targets? Which
ideological discourses and organizational policies do they adopt to win
civilian loyalties and control territory? Aysegul Aydin and Cem Emrence
suggest that both insurgents and governments adopt a wide variety of
coercive strategies in war environments. In Zones of Rebellion,
they integrate Turkish-Ottoman history with social science theory to
unveil the long-term policies that continue to inform the distribution
of violence in Anatolia. The authors show the astonishing similarity in
combatants’ practices over time and their resulting inability to
consolidate Kurdish people and territory around their respective
The Kurdish insurgency in Turkey is one of the longest-running civil wars in the Middle East. Zones of Rebellion
demonstrates for the first time how violence in this conflict has
varied geographically. Identifying distinct zones of violence, Aydin and
Emrence show why Kurds and Kurdish territories have followed different
political trajectories, guaranteeing continued strife between Kurdish
insurgents and the Turkish state in an area where armed groups organized
along ethnic lines have battled the central state since Ottoman times.
and Emrence present the first empirical analysis of Kurdish insurgency,
relying on original data. These new datasets include information on the
location, method, timing, target, and outcome of more than ten thousand
insurgent attacks and counterinsurgent operations between 1984 and
2008. Another data set registers civilian unrest in Kurdish urban
centers for the same period, including nearly eight hundred incidents
ranging from passive resistance to active challenges to Turkey’s
security forces. The authors argue that both state agents and insurgents
are locked into particular tactics in their conduct of civil war and
that the inability of combatants to switch from violence to civic
politics leads to a long-running stalemate. Such rigidity blocks
negotiations and prevents battlefield victories from being translated
into political solutions and lasting agreements.
"It is difficult to mobilize a disgruntled group against the state;
even harder is to end the ensuing civil war. In no hurry to compromise,
the side that is winning squanders opportunities for a peaceful
settlement. Zones of Rebellion develops this insight with
reference to the clash in Turkey between the state and Kurdish
nationalism. Clearly written, extensively documented, and laced with
fascinating new findings, it carries valuable lessons for civil wars
around the globe."—Timur Kuran, Duke University, author of The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East
"Zones of Rebellion offers a significant and original
contribution to political science. The book's combination of
ecology/geography-based theories and institutionalism and the authors’
faithful adherence to employing those approaches throughout is unique.
There is an undeniable elegance to such a disciplined, scholarly
presentation of material on an extremely complicated topic."—David
Romano, Missouri State University, author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement: Opportunity, Mobilization, and Identity
Book Description: Nationalist narratives of the Ottoman Empire's collapse are commonplace. "Remapping the Ottoman Middle East", on the other hand, examines alternative and disparate routes to modernity during the nineteenth century. Pursuing a comparison of different regions of the empire,this book demonstrates that the Ottoman imperial universe was shaped by three distinct and simultaneous narratives: market relations in its coastal areas; imperial bureaucracy in the cities of central Anatolia, Syria and Palestine;and, Islamic trust networks in the frontier regions of the Arabian Peninsula. In weaving together these localized developments, Cem Emrence departs from narratives of state centralism and suggests that a comprehensive way of understanding the late Ottoman world and its legacy should start from exploring regionally-constituted and network-based historical trajectories. Introducing a persuasive new model for understanding the late Ottoman world, this book will be essential reading for historians of the Ottoman Empire.
Endorsements: ‘In Remapping the Ottoman Middle East, Cem Emrence analyzes the paradigms in which late Ottoman history has been written. His original contribution is the conceptualisation of the body of work produced in recent decades on social and cultural history, and the analysis of the latter’s linkages to the earlier currents of modernisation and dependency studies. Emrence approaches the relatively new trend under the rubric of bargaining perspectives, repositions its relationship to the centre and ‘macro’ trends, but goes beyond binary constructs such as centre-periphery and state-society by investigating multi-faceted networks on the regional and imperial level. The combination of synthetic and analytical skills Emrence displays in his work is remarkable. He has internalised a vast body of historical literature, which he skilfully and creatively distils through the lens of social scientific concepts and categories.The result is a significant contribution to late Ottoman Studies.’ Hasan Kayalı, Associate Professor of History, University of California.
‘Cem Emrence has an excellent mastery of the historical and theoretical literature,and an elegant and genuinely novel model of the social transformation of imperial populations. He argues that there were parallel but divergent forces in the different geographies of the Ottoman Empire, impelling different forms of negotiation both with the centre and with European imposition. This book is an important contribution to the growing field of the historical sociology of empires and a milestone in Ottoman Studies.’ Caglar Keyder, Professor of Sociology, Binghamton University, SUNY.
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