- Ottoman Socialist Party
First period as Ottoman Socialist Party (1910-1913)
Its chairman was the journalist Hüseyin Hilmi, founder on 26 February 1919 of the socialist weekly İştirak. Other leading members were Namık Hasan, Pertev, Tevfik, İbnil Tahir, İsmail Faik, Baha Tevfik, Hamid Suphi.
Beforehand other socialist parties or groupings only existed among the Ottoman Empire's minorities, the Selanik predominantly Jewish Socialist Workers' Federation, the Istanbul Greek Socialist Center, the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. Actually, Ezel Kural Shaw writes in her History of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey that the Ottoman Socialist Party "gained its main support from the Armenian and Bulgarian groups in the Parliament".
The Ottoman Socialist Party was actually not a real political party in the modern sense, but rather a group of intellectuals. After the Young Turks had taken stringent measures against the opposition, the party began to support the opposition. In September 1911, an international organization of the party, led by Dr. Refik Nevzat, was founded in Paris, which should establish contacts with the international workers' movement. Although the activities of this group have remained limited, Hüseyin Hilmi succeeded, however, in having a correspondence with Jean Jaurès. But the party failed to be admitted to the Second International.
After the 1913 military coup of the Young Turks, the opposition began to be massively repressed, difficult times began for the Ottoman Socialist Party. Hüseyin Hilmi was arrested the same year and remained until 1918, either in prison or in exile. This amounted practically to the end of the party.
Second period as Turkish Socialist Party (1919-1922)
After the fall of the Young Turks regime, the party was reactivated in 1919 under the leadership of Hüseyin Hilmi and Mustafa Fazıl under the name Socialist Party of Turkey (Turkish: ''Türkiye Sosyalist Fırkası, TSF). The party had contact from the beginning with the Second International, it was also represented at its congresses in Bern, Amsterdam and Geneva. There was also a Workers' International Association in Istanbul, mainly made up of minorities, Greeks, Bulgarians and Jews.
Although the founding in September 1919 by Dr. Şefik Hüsnü (Deymer) of the Turkish Workers and Peasants Socialist Party (Turkish: Türkiye ve İşçi Çiftçi Sosyalist Fırkası), leaning towards the Third International, led many members to leave the TSF, it successfully led the great strikes' wave of 1920. In a short time the party, which basically organized trade union activities, won a lot of popularity among the workers. On the other hand Hüseyin Hilmi successfully exploited the conflicts between the British garrison headquarters in Istanbul and the French firms. Therefore, he could get the support from British authorities in Istanbul.
After the conflicts between the French and English had been mitigated and the party had become a threat to international firms, the TSF lost its power. The firms founded and supported competing labor organizations such as Amele Siyanet Cemiyeti and forced the workers to become affiliated to these organizations. The compulsory membership in 1922 was one of the main reasons for the great defeat of the strike of streetcar workers. After this defeat, Hüseyin Hilmi was arrested and the party was dissolved.
The Socialist Party of Turkey was organized almost only in Istanbul. It maintained distance from the Kemalists who led a national movement against the occupation of Anatolia, and the Communists who tried to unite the workers organizations. The TSF was more a trade union than a political party.
Notes and sources
- ^ born in Izmir, deceased on November 15, 1922 in Istanbul, he was nicknamed "İştirakçı Hilmi", "Socialist Hilmi", "İştirak" was the Ottoman Turkish language term for socialist, as in Arabic إشتراكي ishtirākiyy
- ^ Hür, Ayşe (April 24, 2008). "Cumhuriyet’in Amele Evlatları!" (in Turkish). Taraf. http://www.taraf.com.tr/makale/601.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- ^ Shaw, Ezel Kural (1977). History of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. 2. Cambridge University Press. pp. 548. ISBN 9780521291668. http://books.google.com/books?id=M1DQooVS_oYC&pg=PA283. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- ^ Benningsen, Alexandre; Lemercier-Quelquejay, Chantal (1977). Holt, Peter Malcolm; Lambton, Ann K. S.; Lewis, Bernard. ed. Communism in the Central Islamic lands (chapter in The Cambridge history of Islam, Volume 1). Cambridge University Press. pp. 304. ISBN 9780521291361. http://books.google.com/books?id=iz0UbNbHiwYC&pg=PA659. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
Political parties in the Ottoman Empire Parliamentary parties
Ottoman: Committee of Union and Progress · Liberal Union · Freedom and Accord PartyOthers: Socialist Workers' Federation
Ethnic Armenian: Armenian Revolutionary Federation · Armenakan Party (reformed as Armenian Democratic Liberal Party) · Social Democrat Hunchakian Party
Ethnic Bulgarian: People's Federative Party (Bulgarian Section) · Bulgarian Constitutional Clubs
Other partiesOttoman Democratic Party · Peoples Party (Ahali Fırkası) · Ottoman Committee of Alliance · Ottoman Liberal People's Party · Ottoman Socialist Party · League of private Initiative and Decentralization · Poale Zion Portal:Politics - List of political parties - Politics of Ottoman Empire
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