27 Sep 2021


Research Association Switzerland-Turkey in Cooperation with the Basel Graduate School of History (BGSH), University of Basel

Veranstaltungen, Öffentliche Veranstaltung, Kongress / Tagung / Symposium, Gastvorlesung / Vortrag

SFST Annual Lecture 2021

Sèvres 1920: The Making, Un-making and the Afterlife of a Treaty Assoc. Prof. Ilker Aytürk, Bilkent University

The Treaty of Sèvres was the last pact to be signed in the aftermath of World War I, bringing the state of war between the victorious Allied powers and the Ottomans to an end. It was, however, scrapped in less than three years, in response to the rise of Turkish resistance in Anatolia and replaced by the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923. For a treaty that had such a short life, Sèvres cast a very long shadow. Indeed, not a day passes, even today, without Sèvres being mentioned in the Turkish press. What was Sèvres and what were its contents? Why did the term "Sèvres Syndrome" appear in Turkish political terminology? This lecture will discuss these questions and examine if we can trace a pattern of collective remembrance and mark turning points.


The lecture will be held online via Zoom. You can join by following the link below:

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