In the HIST 200: History of Turkey course, required for undergraduates in all departments, students collaborate on group projects focusing on specific topics related to the history of Turkey. On October 26, awards for the 10 best projects of the 2014-15 academic year were presented.
In addition, four projects prepared for the course during that year have since been published as articles in history journals, thanks to the efforts of the students and the editorial contributions of their respective HIST 200 instructors. These projects are:
Fedaicilikten Kuvvacılığa: Parti Pehlivan, Toplumsal Tarih, September 2015, by Elif Cemre Solmaz (PSYC), Elif Dirik (MAN), Feride Nur Hascakaraca (PSYC) and Merve Şeyda Zayim (PSYC)
This article examines the life and endeavors of Parti Pehlivan, who fought courageously in the Turkish War of Independence. A member of the Committee of Union and Progress, Parti Pehlivan played a significant role in the politics of the Second Constitutional Era. As well as the secondary literature on late Ottoman and early Republican political history, sources for this study included three important oral accounts, thereby shedding additional light on Parti Pehlivan’s eventful personal history, from his early childhood to his retirement in Manisa.
Novosibirsk–Havet–Bulanık: Gökdağ Ailesinin 1880-1935 Yılları Arasındaki Yaşantıları Sibirya’ya Sürgünü ve Türkiye’ye Zorunlu Göçü, Kebikeç, No. 38, 2014, by Yağmur Meray Algül (IE), Yasemin Gökdağ (IE) and Simge Koç (IE)
This article examines the story of the Gökdağ family (Mollalar), who lived in the Meskheti region of Georgia. The study traces the forced migration of Teymur Andiç (Ahmetoğlu) and Battal Gökdağ (Mustafaoğlu), who were convicted in Tbilisi and then exiled to Novosibirsk. In 1931 they fled to Turkey and started a new life in Muş. The primary source for the study was the records of the oral histories conducted with Teymur Andiç and Battal Gökdağ between 1975 and 1985. The article is a valuable contribution to migration studies in Turkey.
Cumhuriyet Baloları, Kebikeç, No. 38, 2014, by Cemre Arı (LAW), Merve Aslaner (MAN), Ilgın Balkan (ECON), Gizem Başpınar (ECON) and Şeyma Bayrak (LAW)
This article studies the Republican emphasis on women’s participation in social life in the context of the Republic Day balls, which were supported by the state in the early years of the Turkish Republic at the personal initiative of Mustafa Kemal. The article emphasizes the fact that, despite the charges of inherent elitism, uncritical adoption of western practices and cultural corruption often leveled at these events, the Republic Day balls have become a symbol of the equality of men and women in social life.
Ankara Üniversitesi Türk Inkılap Tarihi Enstitüsü Tarihi, Anıtkabir Dergisi, No. 59, October 2015, by Mert Kısacık (ECON), Mustafa Çolak (ECON), Zeynep Birbil (ECON), Tuğba Aydın (MAN) and İhsan Şahin (MAN)
The article examines the development of the Institute of Turkish Revolution History, which was founded to teach Republican ideals, from its establishment in the 1920s to 2015. The Institute evolved into a research facility, providing support to many projects undertaken by academics and researchers. The study is based on several oral accounts, including those of the deputy director of the Institute, Assoc. Prof. Hakan Uzun, and Prof. Seçil Karal Akgün.