The Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) is examined here in this text on Kurdish nationalism. Incorporating recent field-based research results and newly translated material on Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK's long-time leader; it explores the nature and the organizational working of the party, from its growth in the late 1970s to its recent shrinkage. A variety of issues are addressed including:

* the views and philosophy of Abdullah Ocalan
* the successes and failures of the PKK in bringing about the Kurdish opposition in Turkey
* the role of PKK's philosophy of recruitment, organizational diligence, use of arms and other contextual factors in Kurdish resistance
* factors involved in the development of the nationalism of the Kurds in Turkey.

The text also reappraises the Kurdish movement in Turkey and presents insights into the nature of Kurdish social structure, thinking, and the particularities of the Kurdish ethnic distinctness.

chapter |19 pages


chapter |43 pages


Distilling the Cultural and the Political

chapter |21 pages

The seeds of Turkey's Kurdish Question

chapter |14 pages

Enter the PKK

chapter |40 pages

The Discourse and Objectives of the PKK

chapter |54 pages

Sources of Motivations

The Organization and the Individual

chapter |42 pages

The Rise and Fall of the PKK

Questions, Confrontations and the Impasse

chapter |9 pages


chapter |11 pages


Apparent Obscurity