Historical Dictionary of Turkey

Historical Dictionary of Turkey

by Metin Heper, Nur Bilge Criss
     
 

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Turkey is both an old and a new country. While the Turks have been living in Anatolia for the last millennium, the country has gone through extensive Westernization since the end of the 18th century. However, in the case of Turkey, tradition has not arrested modernization; rather, the traditional has adapted itself to the modern. The revival of Islam and the emergence…  See more details below

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Turkey is both an old and a new country. While the Turks have been living in Anatolia for the last millennium, the country has gone through extensive Westernization since the end of the 18th century. However, in the case of Turkey, tradition has not arrested modernization; rather, the traditional has adapted itself to the modern. The revival of Islam and the emergence of certain ethnic identities during the recent decades have not led to the reversal of progress in the economy and democracy. There is a thriving private sector, and the economy continues to grow. At the turn of the 21st century, Turkey is the only Muslim country with a democratic political system. Although Turkey belongs to both the West and the East, its Western credentials are more marked. It is a member of the Council of Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and it is presently carrying out negotiations with the European Union (EU) for accession to that Union as a full member. The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Turkey explores the history of this fascinating country through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions, as well as on significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects.

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Booknews
This useful resource includes, in addition to the dictionary proper, a general introduction to Turkey, chronology, and very substantial bibliography. Several appendices contain vital statistics, including the names and ruling dates of Ottoman sultans, Turkish presidents and prime ministers; general elections in the Republican period (through 1999); and tables of basic social and economic indicators. Heper (political science, Bilkent U., Ankara) has provided the second edition with expanded and new entries to reflect current political trends and events. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
June 2009 Booklist
Distinct in scope and insight from other English-language resources....Information is current....A well-organized, unannotated bibliography (118 pages) documents key English-language reference sources, books, and articles....This resource is unique and useful for Turkish studies. Recommended for academic libraries.
October 2009 CHOICE
This dictionary would be a valuable addition to a university collection. . . Recommended.
May 2009 American Reference Books Annual
The entries are clear and concise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810862814
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/21/2009
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Europe
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
576
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Metin Heper is professor of political science at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey and a founding member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. Nur Bilge Criss is assistant professor of international relations at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

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