Memories of the 1980 coup in Turkey

The 1980 Coup D’Etat depicts a pivotal moment in the history of Turkey. When the National Security Council declared the Coup on September 12th, extended martial law throughout the country and abolished the Parliament and the Government; not only did it end the hegemonic crisis but also paved the way to rebuild and restructure the society in order to facilitate the economic and social integration to the neoliberal order. Keşke Bir Öpüp Koklasaydım, a book of oral history, focuses on the families of the revolutionists that were directly targeted by the Military during and after the Coup. Their stories shed a light on intricate effects of militarism and open fascism towards families and towards the larger society. Children, spouses, parents and relatives share their long-term individual struggles to survive psychologically as well as their organized efforts to resist the dictatorial authority in order to demand justice. Eylem Delikanlı, Özlem Delikanlı, Alaz Erdost and Sevgi Can Yağcı Aksel will join the panel to expand on the 1980 Coup D’Etat and their vital efforts towards building a collective memory. Özlem will be present and others will join by video conference.

Please note the meeting will be in Turkish.

16th of may at 19.00 at the IIRE, Lombokstraat 40, Amsterdam.

 Our newest publication just arrived. 'Nationaliteit en Klassenstrijd in België' (Nationality and Class Struggle in Belgium) is a Dutch language collection of articles written by Ernest Mandel, edited by Gertjan Desmet and Hendrik Patroons. The main part of the book consists of articles written between 1958-1973, considering how marxists should relate to the national question, and especially discussing the national question in Belgium. The book includes a prologue with two recently discovered articles on this issue written by a teenaged Mandel, and annexes outlining the history of the trotskyist movement in Belgium. The book can be ordered through our web-store.

Ernest Mandel (1923-1995) is best known for his work on political economy. His political work in the Belgian workers movement in the 1950's and 1960's aimed at integrating a marxist approach to the national question in the struggle against capitalism. The texts included in this edition shed light on a persistent problem of the Belgian state.
Mandel's many works include Marxist Economic Theory (1968), La Formation Économique de la Penseé de Karl Marx (1967), Late Capitalism (1978), The Long Waves of Capitalist Development (1980) and Money and Power (1992).

Gertjan DESMET (1987) is an archivist and historian.

Hendrik PATROONS (1946) studied history in Gent and Leuven. For over 40 years he has been active in the radical left in Belgium and France.

IIRE Working Paper nº 35: Alex de Jong, "The long march of the Dutch SP"

This Working Paper looks at the evolution of the Socialist Party (SP) in the Netherlands.

With its roots in the maoist milieu of the seventies, the SP is a rare example of a party coming from the far-left to make a lasting national breakthrough. During its own long march, the SP underwent a metamorphosis from a small revolutionary group to a social-democratic mass-party.

Alex de Jong is a co-director of the IIRE Amsterdam.

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