The New Turkey: The Quiet Revolution on the Edge of Europe

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Turkey is a country in a state of flux. In the last few years, far-reaching political and economic reforms have swept away much of the old order that ruled the country for so long. Pressure for change has come from ordinary people; it has also been motivated by the dominant issue of Turkish political life—the long pursuit of membership in the European Union. And yet Turkey remains a mystery to many outsiders, a complex country hard to fathom: secular and Muslim, Western and ...

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Overview

Turkey is a country in a state of flux. In the last few years, far-reaching political and economic reforms have swept away much of the old order that ruled the country for so long. Pressure for change has come from ordinary people; it has also been motivated by the dominant issue of Turkish political life—the long pursuit of membership in the European Union. And yet Turkey remains a mystery to many outsiders, a complex country hard to fathom: secular and Muslim, Western and Eastern, democratic and authoritarian.

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It's the neoconservative dream come true: a Muslim country in the Middle East that's rapidly transforming into a liberal democracy with a thriving market economy that builds half of Europe's television sets. However, it wasn't American military intervention that produced this miracle, but a combination of European Union economic incentives and moderate Islam. In this engaging, hopeful survey, BBC correspondent Morris paints Turkey as a study in contradictions. A rabidly secular military establishment spars with Islamic parties that champion democracy and human rights; cosmopolitan cities where miniskirts abound and head scarves are few and far between are surrounded by an almost feudal countryside where honor killings are routine. At the center of these upheavals is Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has pushed through a whirlwind of progressive reforms while trying to appease his Islamist constituents with proposals to outlaw adultery. Morris is captivated with Turkey's landscape and people, rendered in vivid reportage, but he's clear-eyed about its festering conflict with the Kurdish minority, pervasive corruption and the vast economic problems the country faces. The result is an illuminating look at one of the world's more interesting societies that stands many assumptions about religion, politics and development on their heads. (Feb.)

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Written in a witty, concise style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781862078659
  • Publisher: Granta UK
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
A Note on Pronunciation     ix
Maps     x
Introduction     1
They've Got a Bit of a History     11
'Devlet': Ataturk and his Legacy     31
Islam and the Politics of Prayer     60
The Kurdish Question     87
Open Wounds: The Greeks and the Armenians     111
Rights and Wrongs     133
It's the Economy, Stupid     158
Euro-Turks and Europeans     186
Crossroads     203
The Cultural Revolution     228
Epilogue     246
Further Reading, Viewing and Listening     248
Index     251
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