The Eastern Rebellions on American Press 1925-1938

The Eastern Rebellions on American Press 1925-1938

Esra Sarıkoyuncu Değerli

Abstract

It could be observed that Turkish Republic in its early stage of foundation was faced with the threat of Kurdish activities. As is known, the first and the biggest Kurdish rebellion was the Sheik Sait Rebellion (13 February- 15 April 1925). Even though the rebellion that was incited for the aim of annexation of Musul to the then English mandate, Iraq, and that expanded over a vast geography in a rather short time was suppressed, the unease in the territory kept going on for the next four years. The hiding of Yusuf Çato and his band in the Agri uplands in May 1926 after crossing the Iran border and stealing the animals of the villages in Beyazid led to the outbreak of a series of events known as “Agri rebellions” that continued until the 1930s. The Dersim Rebellion that started with the demolition of a bridge on Tunceli-Erzincan road by Haydaran and Demanan tribes on 21 March 1937 went on until 1938. The rebellions in the east of Turkey aroused great interest throughout the world. One of the countries that paid attention to the rebellions and followed up the matter closely was the United States of America. In this study, how the Eastern Rebellions were perceived and interpreted by the press of the US will be strived to examine. 

Keywords: Şeyh Sait İsyanı; Ağrı İsyanları; Dersim İsyanı; Amerikan Basını; Türkiye.

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