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Comparing Two Charismatic Leaders: Ataturk And De Gaulle

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In spite of the considerable differences between the France of 1940 and the Turkey of 1919, one can still see certain surprising similarities between the political roles of Charles de Gaulle and Kemal Ataturk. This chapter briefly stress the analogy between these two leaders in the following respects: the dramatic historical circumstances surrounding their emergence as leaders; the Resistance movements they spearheaded against foreign military occupation; and the symbol of hope they came to incarnate for the people; The similarities between these two men's careers appear very early on, particularly in the ambition they showed as pupils at military academy. A leader who appears in the dark night of a national disaster can only fulfill his charismatic mission if he can mobilize the energies that are available and carry along with him those who still hold fragments of power.

Keywords:Charles de Gaulle; Kemal Ataturk



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