The Arab Experience of the Second Constitutional Era
Perceptions and scholarly examinations of the 1908 Young Turk Revolution, a pivotal event not only for Turkey but for the entire Middle East, carry the mark of nationalisms that have emerged and become entrenched in former Ottoman lands during the last century. This article addresses how the Arabs and the Arab lands of the Ottoman Empire experienced 1908 and the constitutional era that it introduced, a subject that under the weight of nationalist-minded reconstructions of the past tends to get obscured or distorted, if not altogether neglected. It argues that the Arab experience of the Second Constitutional era varied from one region to another as well as among various social groups, and that it was inflected by contingencies external to the Ottoman Arab provinces and also to the Empire.
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