Monday, April 1, 2013

Izmir Restricted Zone

Nick Danforth, Georgetown University

Since the early years of the Republic tension existed between the government's insistence that all Turkish citizens were Turks regardless of their religion or race and an alternative conception of national identity in which the only real Turks were Turkish-speaking Sunni Muslims. This map shows the region around the Bay of Izmir that was off-limits to "Foreigners and non-Muslims." The accompanying document from the Cumhuriyet Arsivi lists exceptions to this prohibition, including travelers on ferries going into or out of the city, passengers on organized tours and workers on commercial craft who did not disembark.