Introduction

The Institute of Turkish Revolution History (TİTE) of Ankara University is a research, education and training center founded on April 15th, 1942 by Law numbered 4204 aiming at analyzing the revolutionary movements that were introduced under the leadership of Atatürk in a contemporary way and transferring them to younger generations.

Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of Turkish Republic, attempted to achieve deep-rooted revolutionary movements in all areas to take the society to the level of contemporary civilizations after the declarion of the Republic. It seems that Atatürk, who set out to create intellectual and cultural bases that would ensure the continuity of great historical transformation, also gave importance to the study of “national history” and “national language” in accordance with the ideology of the new national state. Despite the difficult conditions of the Second World War, the Institute of Turkish Revolution History, which started to work in line with these aims, started to collect a large number of archival documents, books and articles related to the history of the Republic and  laid the foundations of libraries and archives that it owns today

As well as  President İsmet İnönü, National Education Minister Hasan Âli Yücel, who was one of the most important personalities of that period, dealt with the establishment of the institute personally and pointed this importance out even after the foundation of the institute when he made  a speech on November 7th, 1942 and said ‘’The Institute of Turkish Revolution History just like the Turkish Revolution itself is the property and honor of the Turkish nation.”

The aim of the Institute by the law numbered 4204 is : ” to make all kinds of research about the principles on which The Turkish War of Independence, Turkish revolution and the regime of the Turkish Republic based; to set up libraries and museums by collecting documents and publications related to these subjects and build up archives; to give lectures and conferences to promote Turkish Revolution and Regime both inside and outside the country and make all kinds of publications”

In addition to the objectives set in its foundation, the Institute of Turkish Revolution History, in the direction of the new status determined in 1982, has been performing as the coordinator of the Atatürk Principles and Revolution History course, which is one of the common compulsory courses taught at the undergraduate level in Ankara University, and carrying out  master’s and phd programs. The aim of the post-graduate education which is carried out in the Department of Atatürk Principles and Revolution History, a branch of the Turkish Revolution History Institute, is to provide the students with the ability of accessing, evaluating and interpreting the information by conducting scientific research. The aim of the PhD program is to get students to learn how to carry out independent research, to interpret the scientific events by reviewing them with a broad and deep perspective  and to help them gain the ability to apply scientific methods to reach new syntheses.

In addition to its educational and training activities, the Institute of Turkish Revolutionary History, which with its archives and libraries, serve researchers at all levels also directly contributes to informing the public with the Museum of Revolution History. The Institute has nearly 10,000 books in its library, nearly 100,000 documents in digital format, many photographs, stamps and collections of some newspapers.