Soviet Eastern Policy and Turkey, 1920-1991: Soviet Foreign by Bulent Gokay

By Bulent Gokay

This isВ an extraordinary workВ thatВ traces the connection among the Soviet Union and Turkey at the one hand, and the Soviet Union and the Turkish Communist celebration at the different, from the consolidation of the communist regime in Moscow till its fall.В The bookВ considers how 'Soviet jap coverage' was once shaped, the way it replaced through the years, what the Soviet leaders was hoping to realize in Turkey, and what effect Soviet coverage had at the improvement of the Turkish communist circulate. it's a helpful source for college kids and students with an curiosity in Russian and Soviet poltics and diplomacy.

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62 This Congress has been recognized by the official histories of the Communist Party of Turkey as its founding conference. 63 Murder in the Black Sea This is why we say to the Turkish communists today, notwithstanding the persecution they are suffering: ‘Your job as defenders of the independence 24 The opening act of Turkey, which is so very important to the revolution, is not yet finished. Protest against the persecution, but understand, too … that you still have a long road to travel in the company of the bourgeois revolutionaries’.

He then went on to explain why he proceeded to set up an official communist party: this movement [communism] was being diffused in our country from internal and external sources and aiming at various goals, and unless necessary measures were taken, the peace and unity of the Turkish people would be put in jeopardy. 68 It is obvious from the above statement that an official party was a convenient way to keep any dubious political activity under control and at the same time capitalize on any potential public sympathy towards the Soviet state.

And in future too, I will never voluntarily give a political suspect to the police, I submit such a person only to my own government . . ’117 The incident between Mdivani in Ankara and Narkomindel in Moscow gives some idea about the difficult relationship between Moscow and its representatives in the region. This relationship was, in this period, more problematic than previously thought. In the early years of the young Bolshevik state most of the Bolshevik representatives, emissaries or activists in different localities were more inclined to use their own initiative than simply implement decisions sent from Moscow.

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