Date of Award

Spring 5-27-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Advisor

Isa Blumi

Second Advisor

Jared Poley

Third Advisor

Joseph Perry

Abstract

It is estimated that there are 35.000 villages in Turkey, and a great number of them have their own unofficial web-sites created as a result of individual efforts. The individuals who prepare these web-sites try to connect with the world via the internet, and represent their past with limited information. Pages on these web-sites that are titled "our history" or "our short history" provide some unique historical, cultural, and anthropological information about the villager's life in rural area. This thesis examines amateur historians' methods of reinterpretation in the past, and as such explore Turkish local history from a new point of view.

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