Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781783600373 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783600380 Published October 2015 For sale in North and South America only

The PKK

Coming Down from the Mountains

Paul White

The PKK

Paul White

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2015
Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781783600373 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783600380 Published October 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a militant political group known as the PKK, is infamous for its extreme violence. The struggle it has waged for Kurdish independence in southeastern Turkey has taken in excess of 40,000 lives since 1984. Less well known, however, is the fact that the PKK now embraces a non-violent end to the conflict; its leader, Abdullah Öcalan, ordered a ceasefire in March of 2013 and engaged in peace negotiations with the Ankara Government. Whether or not these tentative attempts at peacemaking will mean an eventual end to the bloodshed, these events will have potentially huge ramifications for Turkey and the surrounding region.

This book charts the ideological evolution of the PKK, as well as its origins, aims, and organizational setup. In doing so, Paul White provides the only authoritative and up-to-date analysis of one of the most important non-state political players in the contemporary Middle East.
Contents
Glossary of organizations, cities and towns
Glossary of key figures
Chronology of significant events
Preface
1. Introduction: ‘The Time of Revolution has Started’
2. PKK Origins and Ideological Formation
3. Early Years of Struggle
4. From Ceasefire to All-out War
5. The Move Towards Peace
6. Democratic Confedaralism and the PKK’s Feminist Transformation
7. Coming Down from the Mountains
References
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