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  • Names of 12,211 Villages Were Changed in Turkey

    http://www.bianet.org/english/minori...nged-in-turkey

    According to Ass. Prof. Tunçel, 35 percent of villages in Turkey have had their names changed since 1940.

    Tolga KORKUT [email protected] Ankara - BİA News Center14 May 2009, Thursday Ass. Prof. Harun Tunçel, head of the Human and Economic Geography department at Fırat University, Elazığ, has carried out a study of changes in toponymy in Turkey.

    He has found that the names of around 35 percent of villages, that is 12,211 villages, have been changed over the years.

    A count of all types of settlements revealed that around 28,000 names were changed.



    In an article published in the university’s social science journal in 2000, Tunçel had said that locals had not completely accepted the new names. Especially middle-aged and older people still used the old names.



    Some names may be reinstalled


    Radikal journalist İsmet Berkan has recently quoted Prime Minister Erdoğan as saying that a “symbolic” step regarding the Kurdish question could be to give Kurdish place names. Minister of the Interior Beşir Atalay also said recently, when asked, that “if there is local demand”, villages could be given Kurdish names.



    Ahmet Türk, co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), commented, “You can change names, but if you ban the language, then what sense does that make? No Kurd uses the new Turkish names anyway. They use the same (old) names among themselves.”



    Turkification


    According to Tunçel’s study, many villages in the Trabzon and Rize provinces of the Black Sea had their names changed from Armenian, Laz or Georgian into Turkish. In the East and Southeast of Turkey, names were mostly changed from Armenian, Kurdish and Arabic.



    Village names have been changed since the first decade of the 20th century, but especially since the 1940s.



    Most changes in Eastern Black Sea and Southeastern Turkey


    Tunçel lists the number of villages whose names were changed per province in Turkey:



    Adana (169), Adıyaman (224), Afyonkarahisar (88), Ağrı (374), Amasya (99), Ankara (193), Antalya (168), Artvin (101), Aydın (69), Balıkesir (110), Bilecik (32), Bingöl (247), Bitlis (236), Bolu (182), Burdur (49), Bursa (136), Çanakkale (53), Çankırı (76), Çorum (103), Denizli (53), Diyarbakır (555), Edirne (20), Elazığ (383), Erzincan (366), Erzurum (653), Eskişehir (70), Gaziantep (279), Giresun (167), Gümüşhane (343), Hakkâri (128), Hatay (117), Isparta (46), İçel (112), İstanbul (21), İzmir (68), Kars (398), Kastamonu (295), Kayseri (86), Kırklareli (35), Kırşehir (39), Kocaeli (26), Konya (236), Kütahya (93), Malatya (217), Manisa (83), Kahramanmaraş (105), Muğla (70), Muş (297), Nevşehir (24), Niğde (48), Ordu (134), Rize (105), Sakarya (117), Samsun (185), Siirt (392), Sinop (59), Sivas (406), Tekirdağ (19), Tokat (245), Trabzon (390), Tunceli (273), Şanlıurfa (389), Uşak (47), Van (415), Yozgat (90), Zonguldak (156). (TK/AG)
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    Second, it is violently opposed; and
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    Re: Names of 12,211 Villages Were Changed in Turkey

    Just another bit of evidence that shows how childish the Turkish gov. is! How pathetic can they get ? I'm guessing no one has an answer for that. It's really hard to tell, lol!
    THE ROAD TO FREEDOM AND JUSTICE IS A LONG ONE!

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      Re: Names of 12,211 Villages Were Changed in Turkey

      Originally posted by Saco View Post
      Just another bit of evidence that shows how childish the Turkish gov. is! How pathetic can they get ? I'm guessing no one has an answer for that. It's really hard to tell, lol!
      That's not childish.

      It's a continuation of the Genocide.
      Sardarabad,1918.

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        Re: Names of 12,211 Villages Were Changed in Turkey

        That's not childish. It's a continuation of the Genocide.
        I mean their mentality is childish, Hrai, not the act itself. They don't understand that the truth can't be hidden forever!
        THE ROAD TO FREEDOM AND JUSTICE IS A LONG ONE!

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          Re: Names of 12,211 Villages Were Changed in Turkey

          Originally posted by Gavur View Post
          http://www.bianet.org/english/minori...nged-in-turkey

          According to Ass. Prof. Tunçel, 35 percent of villages in Turkey have had their names changed since 1940.

          Tolga KORKUT [email protected] Ankara - BİA News Center14 May 2009, Thursday Ass. Prof. Harun Tunçel, head of the Human and Economic Geography department at Fırat University, Elazığ, has carried out a study of changes in toponymy in Turkey.

          He has found that the names of around 35 percent of villages, that is 12,211 villages, have been changed over the years.
          35 percent - probably about the same percentage have been changed in Armenia.
          BTW, there are official Turkish publications that list the old and new place names side by side: nothing he has said is new information - he could have completed his "study" in about a day.
          Last edited by bell-the-cat; 05-14-2009, 10:44 AM.
          Plenipotentiary meow!

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            Re: Names of 12,211 Villages Were Changed in Turkey

            Originally posted by bell-the-cat View Post
            35 percent - probably about the same percentage have been changed in Armenia.
            BTW, there are official Turkish publications that list the old and new place names side by side: nothing he has said is new information - he could have completed his "study" in about a day.

            The difference is (and,viva la differrance!) that Armenian names "probably" went back to their originals, where as the Turks changes were all false/new made-up names,commiting white Genocide!
            "All truth passes through three stages:
            First, it is ridiculed;
            Second, it is violently opposed; and
            Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

            Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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              Re: Names of 12,211 Villages Were Changed in Turkey

              Gavur, could you tell me what White Genocide is? I understand what your saying but could you define WG please? I'm creating a page for all this in C&A and you gave me a good title for it indirectly ! White Genocide. Sounds good, doesn't it?
              THE ROAD TO FREEDOM AND JUSTICE IS A LONG ONE!

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                Re: Names of 12,211 Villages Were Changed in Turkey

                Originally posted by Saco View Post
                I mean their mentality is childish, Hrai, not the act itself. They don't understand that the truth can't be hidden forever!
                You insult children by comparing turcs mentality to theirs and sadly the truth can be hidden and buried, by indifference.
                Sardarabad,1918.

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                  Re: Names of 12,211 Villages Were Changed in Turkey

                  You insult children by comparing turcs mentality to theirs
                  True , I apologize!

                  And sadly the truth can be hidden and buried, by indifference.
                  As long as we exist and as long as we stay strong, nothing will ever be forgotten. It's all on us in many respects. No one is indifferent Hrai and no one ever will be! Even the Turks aren't indifferent. They are the most frightened ones and they always will be as long as this issue flies around. I'm talking about the REAL Turks, not all Turks, by the way. They've always been cowards and they always will be!
                  THE ROAD TO FREEDOM AND JUSTICE IS A LONG ONE!

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                    Re: Names of 12,211 Villages Were Changed in Turkey

                    Originally posted by Saco View Post
                    Gavur, could you tell me what White Genocide is? I understand what your saying but could you define WG please? I'm creating a page for all this in C&A and you gave me a good title for it indirectly ! White Genocide. Sounds good, doesn't it?
                    White Genocide is something we all have done, when you are angry at someone and you seize their existence in your life by eliminating them and killing their memory.One eliminates every sign of them that ever existed.When this is done collectively by one group against another it is Genocide.Denial is a close collabarator of self-justification and continuation of Genocide.It comes down to a phenomenan of habitual hate.
                    "All truth passes through three stages:
                    First, it is ridiculed;
                    Second, it is violently opposed; and
                    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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