Based on extensive research in Turkish and foreign archives, this dissertation explores the relations between media and power, and more specifically the role of film in the making of the myth of Atatürk and the modern Turkish nation-state in the early twentieth century. It shows that film played an important, if sometimes paradoxical role in making Atatürk and Turkey’s new “modern” image visible on both the national and the international stage. By placing newly discovered footage featuring Atatürk in a series of contexts, this study demonstrates this footage did not merely record history but assisted in the shaping of it. Finally, it suggests that the making of the leader’s image in cinema not only influenced his contemporaries when he was alive, but continued to have an effect long after his death, determining how later generations have continued to imagine Atatürk as a hero, teacher, father and modern statesman.
Thesis (complete) (Embargo until 13 December 2018)
Acknowledgements (Embargo until 13 December 2018)
Introduction (Embargo until 13 December 2018)
Chapter 1: Early cinema in the Ottoman Empire (Embargo until 13 December 2018)
Chapter 2: Mustafa Kemal, cinema and Turkey: The early years (1919-1923) (Embargo until 13 December 2018)
Chapter 3: Imagining Turkey as a modern nation (Embargo until 13 December 2018)
Chapter 4: How to impress an American: The power of the motion picture (Embargo until 13 December 2018)
Conclusion (Embargo until 13 December 2018)
Bibliography (Embargo until 13 December 2018)
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