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The Racial Makeup of the Turks

Turkish actress Beren Saat

by Andrew Hamilton

ISLAMIC TURKEY, which may yet be incorporated into Europe by the “West’s” totalitarian leadership class, has recently fallen out of favor with elites because of a perceived lack of servility toward Israel — a departure from the historic norm.

Turkey recognized Israel shortly after its formation, and the Mossad, with Turkey’s cooperation, deeply penetrated the Turkish National Security Service. Manipulation of Turkey was part of Israel’s “periphery” or “triangular” strategy, which included similar relationships with Kurds (scattered across Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Armenia and Russia) and Iranians up to 1979. (Israelis trained the personnel of SAVAK, the Shah of Iran’s secret police.)

Apparently because all of these people were more or less racially Indo-European they were easily exploited by the Jews in their endless bloody schemes against the Arabs.

The Turks

The name Turk was first employed by the Chinese to designate the nomadic people who controlled the vast area from Mongolia to the Black Sea until 924 AD.

Turks are today found in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Chinese Turkestan (Xinjiang). Their cultures and racial makeup vary considerably due to ethnic admixture. The only similarities among them are religious and linguistic: virtually all Turks are Muslim, and Turkic languages belong to the (non-Indo-European) Altaic language family spoken in western and central Asia. In 1980 Turks numbered about 73 million.

After Turkey, Germany hosts the largest Turkish population in the world. Bulgaria, France, Britain, the United States, Holland, and Austria also rank among the top ten countries with the largest Turkish populations.

In Race (1974), John R. Baker classified the Turks (“Turanids”) of Central Asia — the people who occupy the “huge territory extending from the shores of the Caspian Sea to the borders of Mongolia” — as a hybrid race created initially by the admixture of two geographic races (the Europid and Mongolid) followed by intermarriage within itself generation after generation. Since Europid influence predominates in the physical characters of the Turks, presumably because the original population intermarried with Europids more often than with Mongolids, Baker classified even Central Asian Turanids as a subrace of Europids. He wrote that “The Mongolid element in their features becomes progressively less towards the western limit of their territory.”

Turkish actor Kivanc Tatlitug

The Population of Turkey

Turkey has served as a bridge for the movement of peoples between Asia and Europe throughout history.

The base historical population was composed of Indo-European-speaking Hittites, who invaded the region around 1900 BC. They conquered earlier inhabitants speaking a non-Indo-European agglutinative language.

Subsequently, ancient Greeks settled along the Aegean coasts of Anatolia. The peninsula later fell to the Indo-European Persians and Romans. Present day Turkey ultimately formed the core of the thousand-year Byzantine, or Eastern Roman, Empire (395–1453).

The Battle of Manzikert (August 1071) was pivotal in the history of the Eastern Roman Empire. Following the Byzantine defeat, invading Seljuk Turks swiftly established hegemony over much of Asia Minor. The Seljuk empire split into independent states in the 1100s. During the next century these states were overrun by the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan.

After the Mongol wave receded, Osmanli Turks completed the overthrow of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, establishing the Ottoman Empire in its stead. The Ottoman Empire was finally dissolved in 1918, following the end of World War I. At the height of its power, Ottoman territory encompassed much of the Middle East, large areas of Eastern Europe, and most of North Africa.

The Turks who conquered Anatolia were nomadic pastoralists. Although their arrival placed the distinctive stamp of Turkish language, religion and culture on the region, their numbers were insufficient to fundamentally alter the genetic makeup of the conquered peoples.

An interesting series of forced population transfers occurred after 1900, raising the percentage of ethnic Turks in Turkey from fifty-five to eighty percent. The transfers involved the expulsion of formerly large Armenian and Greek minorities from Anatolia and the importation of Turkic and non-Turkic Muslim populations. In the decade from 1989 to 2000, for example, 300,000 such Muslims were absorbed. The alleged genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by Turkey in 1915 also figures into the population shift.

In his Anthropological Glossary (1985), Roger Pearson wrote that Turks are “today absorbed into the Caucasoid population of Anatolia.” By Caucasoid he meant the Europid geographical race “customarily subdivided into Nordic, or Northwestern European, East Baltic or Northeastern European, Mediterranean, Atlanto-Mediterranean, Alpine, Dinaric, Armenoid, Iranic and Indic. Caucasoids are generally characterized by light skin, narrow to medium-broad faces, high bridged noses, and an absence of prognathism.”

Carleton Coon on the Turks

Physical anthropologist Carleton Coon, writing in the 1960s, used the Turks as an illustration of the principle that “races and cultures can change places.”

According to Coon, the Turks were virtually indistinguishable, physically, from the Greeks, except for having less body fat and slightly larger faces. Clinal variations were evident moving west to east: the lightest skins were seen along Turkey’s Aegean coast, and the percentage of mixed and light eyes among western Turks was as high as 85 percent.

At the time of their arrival in Asia Minor in the 1200s, the Ottoman Turks were “a small band of horsemen numbering between 400 and 2,000, the remnants of a nomadic tribe expelled from Central Asia by the Mongols.” They arrived without women, and intermarried with the comparatively numerous Caucasoid Greeks, Armenians, Kurds and the few Seljuk Turks and Turkomans who then populated Anatolia.

Coon concluded, “The Turkomans today are primarily Caucasoid. In body measurements, physical appearance, and in the ABO blood groups, the living Turks of Turkey show little visible trace of their Mongoloid origin.”

L. L. Cavalli-Sforza on the Turks

Turkish actor Burak Özçivit

Utilizing population genetics, Cavalli-Sforza and co-authors came to the same conclusion in The History and Geography of Human Genes (1994): “On the basis of present knowledge, Turks seem to have been relatively unsuccessful in making their genetic presence felt, even when they occupied modern Turkey, coming from the East.”

The reason for this is that recent historical migrations — at least prior to the advent of contemporary formal policies of White population destruction and replacement — could have undetectable genetic impacts when the local population density of the earlier inhabitants was high and armies of invaders were small:

When mobility [of pastoral nomadic peoples] became very high, the chance of influencing the local gene pools of the invaded countries decreased considerably. Small and efficient armies could rapidly conquer large countries, and there was no time for invaders to multiply fast enough for their contribution to the local gene pool to be easily discernible, especially if the invaded countries were highly developed agriculturally and had a high population density. The chance of influencing culture and language, however, is much greater than that of influencing genes. A powerful elite of conquerors can — even if an absolute minority — impose its rule and, with it, its language and customs, but is much more limited in extending its genes.

A parallel was drawn with Hungary: “Even in the case of the invasion of Hungary by the Magyars [nomadic, part-Turkic Finno-Ugric speakers], which was certainly of greater relative demographic weight than the Turkish expansion and was certainly followed by settlement, it has been laborious to find specific genetic traces, which turn out to be at the limit of detectability.”

In sum, the Turkish language and Islamic religion were imposed on a predominantly Indo-European-speaking people — Greek being the official language of the Byzantine Empire. Racially and genetically, Anatolian Turks are similar to other Caucasoid populations. Differences are largely cultural, linguistic, and religious. A caveat is that the region has a complex population history extending back several millennia, and deserves further genetic scrutiny. At present, however, the biological picture is as indicated.

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Source: Author and Counter-Currents

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30 December, 2016 6:08 pm

So should they be accepted into EU if they are so white?

Kevin Alfred Strom
Kevin Alfred Strom
Reply to  Jason
30 December, 2016 6:16 pm

No, I don’t think Turkey as presently constituted could or should be part of Europe in any sense. One has to draw the line, and the cultural and racial mixture there, coupled with the adherence to an alien, primitive, aggressively anti-White creed, is just too much. If there were some kind of successful, non-Abrahamic, racially-aware, eugenic, and racially-purifying movement there then possibilities might open up in the future. But there is no sign of that on the horizon!

Reply to  Kevin Alfred Strom
2 August, 2020 7:02 pm

Hey, writing from Turkey. I greatly admire your works and the torch of Pierce you are selflessly carrying on. As a racially-aware, staunchly eugenic, pro-Identitarian, anti-Arabic and even more so anti-Islamic ethnic nationalist, I completely agree with your convictions. Doubt not that we will soon appear on the horizon and our rise will ensue very quickly. Good luck to all of you European ideological compatriots in our fight against modern degeneracy and racial eclipse.

-A Turk

LH Collins
LH Collins
Reply to  Jason
28 February, 2022 2:11 pm

White or not, membership in the EU is built upon chains. Macron, to this day, is still demanding we reconsider Brexit like a wife who doesn’t get the meaning of a divorce. Whereas Turkey is like a Third-World trash heap on our doorstep.

1 January, 2017 11:46 am

Hi Kevin

Thanks for your comment. It is enlightening and very sensible. I agree with you completely. Let’s hope Merkel doesn’t succeed at her attempt to granting them access to EU.

1 January, 2017 11:56 am

Except the one called Burak, the other two look quite white, indeed. Alas, the ones I see in the streets never look like those.
I am on a dating site where I can see pics of Turkish women and a fair number of them look quite white.

Abdallah Gulen
Abdallah Gulen
1 January, 2017 12:54 pm

A few photos does not address any general Turkic looks – many of them are rather darker than Syrians, Lebanese and certain Kurdish regional races. The Turks are acculturated by Mongol Nomads and Arab Islam. Together with Arabs they make pincer with mouthing to trap IndoEuropean Persians and Iranic to milk their sciences. Exactly what Southern Egyptians did to Hebrews. Since Islam entered Persia, Persians and Iranians never allowed Arabs to rest because of constant rebell against. Even dividing Islam into sunni and shia is part of Persians rebell not accepting Islam. guess historically who were Arabs partners to suppress Indoeuropean ethnics against Arab? , the Turks and Turkics! , whether their look resembled mass import of women they would buy and sex slaves from eastern Europe (check out white… Read more »

Will W Williams
Will W Williams
8 January, 2017 12:10 pm

Setting aside the fact that 98% of Turks are Muslim, my perception of the Turks when I visited their country a few years ago was that the percentage of Whites there was negligible. Turkey has no business being considered as European. The inoculations I was required to get in order to visit Turkey were for Middle-Eastern country, not a European one. There was a good reason for that. In searching for racial demographics of Turkey, these were the only Whites that were listed on Wikipedia: “There are over 50,000 Germans living in Turkey, primarily Germans married to Turkish spouses…” “Russians began migrating to Turkey during the first half of the 1990s. Most were fleeing the economic problems prevalent after the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. During this… Read more »

Can Uysal
Can Uysal
5 May, 2020 6:41 pm

I live in Turkey, in western Turkey, especially in the North West so it is possible to say that the majority of the white race in the Marmara Region. Because both native whites and whites who are Balkan migrants live in this region. But this situation changes as we go east. Kurdish, arabic and mixed race populations are becoming the majority. And just like in European countries, here hybridization is increasing day by day. Culturally, the influence of Abrahamic religions has captured society. This situation takes people from being rational and makes them barbaric. But I still think that you should not forget that you have white friends like you in this country.

Paul H
Paul H
22 September, 2023 2:52 pm

Turks of Turkey are thought of as semites, not mongoloids, so whether the mongoloid component is negligable is irrelevant.

Turks cannot be considered white. It is not really Islam, but rather the much older barbaric traditions of ritual slaughter and circumcision, which set them apart from the Greeks and other civilised Europeans. Even the Christian Middle Easterners circumcise their children. It has nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with the mentality of the semitic race.