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Voices from the Front

Turkish Soldiers on the War with the Kurdish Guerrillas

  • Authors
  • Nadire Mater

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-10
  2. Nadire Mater
    Pages 15-18
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  18. Back Matter
    Pages 317-320

About this book

Introduction

These riveting first-hand accounts of Turkish soldiers who have fought in the nasty internal war against the Kurds speak to universals: the shock of entering military life and the traumas of warfare; the changes in personality and relations with family and friends, the lingering emotional effects of violence, and the difficulties in returning to the 'real world', to borrow a phrase from Vietnam vets. Corruption, disillusionment and despair alternate with the small victories of humanity overcoming hellish conditions. Mater's reportage is in the best tradition of revealing the surreal, illuminating the universal truth of war's devastation. At a time when American troops are again caught in a vicious insurgency, the Kurdish issue has high visibility, and Turkey is a major actor in the Middle East, the experiences of these former soldiers resonate.

Keywords

corruption Iraq Middle East Vietnam violence

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4039-8188-2
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-73106-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-8188-2
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