Protests worldwide followed the capture and trial of the Kurdish nationalist leader Abdullah Öcalan in 1999. Millions of people are now aware of the long fight by Öcalan's PKK guerillas in Turkey. But where does the PKK come from? What are its aims? Who supports it? This timely book seeks answers to these questions and provides an informative, up-to-date and readable account of the Kurdish reality in Turkey today.
Its focus is a critical examination of the Kurdish nationalist movement. Initially reliant on armed struggle, the PKK had in fact, as the author shows, made significant strides towards becoming a mainstream mass political movement before Öcalan's arrest. Original interviews with Öcalan, his rival Kurdish nationalist leaders and ordinary PKK guerillas are woven into the text. They make possible an understanding of Abdullah Öcalan's personality as well as revealing much about leadership in contemporary Kurdish nationalism.