Dervis, Social Base of the Liberal Republican Party and its relation with the Republican People's Party

Kilinckaya D.

CTAD-CUMHURIYET TARIHI ARASTIRMALARI DERGISI, vol.8, no.15, pp.3-18, 2012 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 15
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Page Numbers: pp.3-18


Establishment of political parties and power struggle between these political circles following the constitutional period had a profound impact on the Turkish political history. The Union and Progress Party's exclusionist methods for getting the power and keeping it in hand were mostly inherited by the successive political parties. Although this inheritance was denied by the leading political figures in the republican era, it can be said that most of the politicians and political parties simply followed the example of political texture formed during the Second Constitutional Era. This study aims to bring an understanding on the leading Republican People's Party's perception of the Liberal Republican Party as "the opposite side" notwithstanding the similar social structure between each other. Study is mainly based on reports prepared by peripheral officials on account of the orders of Republican People's Party's general secretary. Evaluation of the aforementioned reports gave clues not only on the political life during the early years of the republic but also on the relation between power and opposition.