chapter  8
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The Impact of the Young Turk Revolution in the Arabic- speaking Provinces of the Ottoman Empire

The coup d'etat of July 1908, known as the Young Turk Revolution, has an archetypal significance in subsequent Arab politics, and its consequences and reverberations are, even today, far from being exhausted. It is thus of some interest to know what the immediate impact of this coup d'etat was in the Arabic-speaking provinces of the Ottoman empire. The most cursory investigation will immediately serve to increase our interest for-as is shown below-the reaction in these provinces to the events in Macedonia and Constantinople are intriguingly similar. The similarity is intriguing because it could not have been manufactured or evoked by a 'communications industry' which did not exist then, and because these provinces were anyway more or less isolated from one another.