By A.Holly Shissler
World-shaking revolutions in Russia in 1905 and 1917, in Ottoman Turkey in 1908, global warfare I, the defeat of the principal Powers and triumph of the Entente, the Turkish battle of Independence and the institution of the hot Turkish kingdom nation below Atatürk, and the institution of Azerbaijan: those occasions shape the backdrop to Ahmet Agaoglu’s existence, which spanned the momentous interval from 1869-1939. This highbrow biography of this significant participant is a remarkable access element by which those turbulent instances are introduced sharply into aid.
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He was clearly wearing the hat of a cultural nationalist when he wrote in’ Türk Alemi’ that he did not seek the illusory dream of a Turkdom united in a single state, but only its cultural renewal. He was active in a large number of cultural and educational organizations like the Türk Ocağı (‘Turkish Hearth’) and Türk Yurdu (‘Turkish Homeland’) and he gave lectures on the History of Turkish Civilization at the Darülfünun, the future Istanbul University. At the same time, he was very much a political activist: he edited numerous newspapers, belonged to political parties and held elected and appointed office in both countries, more or less from his return to Baku in 1893.
Rudin, Ivan Turgenev, 1855 41 Chapter One Family Life and Early Education A hmet Ağaoğlu was born in the city of ua in the Karabagh region of Russiancontrolled Azerbaijan in 1869. 1 Both Akçura and Süreyya Ağaoğlu made extensive use of Ağaoğlu’s memoirs when writing about him and Akçura evidently had access to the manuscript of those memoirs, since, as he himself notes in the segment, they were unpublished at that time. In general, all three sources concur, but there are a few discrepancies.
However that may be, Ahmet Ağaoğlu did not come to all of these ideas in an instant. His awareness of the need for selfstrengthening came to him in the specific context of Russian Transcaucasia in the final years of the twentieth century. This was a context that combined military defeat and foreign domination with a rapid expansion of communications, industrialization and integration into world markets and with a dramatic shrinkage in opportunities for men of his background to exercise authority either in traditional roles or within the Russian imperial administration.
Between Two Empires: Ahmet Agaoglu and the New Turkey by A.Holly Shissler