Re: YT bow reviews ...
Interesting anyway - thanks for the loooong explanation.
As said, I don't know much details about Turkey's last century. Except that the leadership orientated westwards after the WWI defeat, and dropped many traditions. Like China and Japan at that time, yet not as violent as China again half a century later.
I followed some threads on other fora, mentioning several arab/ottoman archery books, supposedly describing equipment and style in great detail. Thus, a revival is not problematic - if it's authentic is another question. In many cases, such revivals are spurred by by a kind of chauvinistic nationalism. No direct link to Turkey or other countries here ...
And thinking, I agree to the other fact you mentioned - in Turkey, Korea and China, archery was mainly an elitary preoccupation. Bowyers needed a proper compensation for months of work. The same applies for armour and damascene blades, for instance. And not to mention horses.
To extend you argument, I think the cavalry of medieval and antique kingdoms were exclusively an upper-class business. Nomadic people were probably an exception here.
Yeah I think with Turkey, most got caught up in the guidance of Ataturk to westernize and transform the modern Turkish Nation State away from those more 'backward' traditionalist things of the Ottoman Empire to what it became throughout most of the 20th century. I don't know if Ataturk had an opinion regarding Ottoman-Turkish archery and if he did anything to encourage or discourage its practice but it seemed to get swept away. I also don't know if this had to do with a lack of a strong elite or just the immediacy of the situation but regardless the revival we see seems more recent. Actually its interesting to note here that the revival seems to coincide with more recent political trends in Turkey that appear to aim at bringing Islamist politics back into the mix. Not sure if this is coincidence or not but sometimes the thoughts of the times whether political or other can influence certain actions among a group of people. Right now in Turkey, political analysts have noted somewhat of a break away from Ataturk's legacy among politicians. A return to Islamist ideas in Turkey would coincide with a type of traditionalist expression as well. And of course the bow has a special place in Islamic warfare.
Or of course it could just be that more people have more money now in a country that did much to 'modernize' in order to stay relevant in a global economy and people in said country just want to do something leisurely that harkens back to their county's history.