Emre Sencer (history) was recently interviewed by the Bulgarian Daily Capital about the current developments in civil-military relations in Turkey. It appeared as part of a piece on Turkey in the online edition of May18. The geography of parades actually tells a lot about the world today, from a demilitarized Europe that feels disgust of war, to North America, where [there are many] parades [in communities both large and small], to Asia, where… countries [are trying to become more prominent] on the world map and therefore draw more and more people and weapons [into their parades]….“In Turkey, military parades and nationwide celebrations have been part of the nation-building process after WW I, just like in many other European countries,” says Sencer. “But I think it’s no longer necessary to have tanks on the boulevards for the celebration of national holidays.”

 

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