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Turkey: A Modern History
     

Turkey: A Modern History

by Erik J. Zurcher
 

ISBN-10: 1850436142

ISBN-13: 9781850436140

Pub. Date: 03/01/1993

Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

This substantially revised edition of Erik J. Zurcher's acclaimed and definitive history builds upon the themes of Turkey's continuing incorporation into the West and the modernization of its state and society. It begins with the forging of closer links with Europe following the French Revolution, charts the fortunes of the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century and

Overview

This substantially revised edition of Erik J. Zurcher's acclaimed and definitive history builds upon the themes of Turkey's continuing incorporation into the West and the modernization of its state and society. It begins with the forging of closer links with Europe following the French Revolution, charts the fortunes of the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century and offers a strongly revisionist interpretation of the role of Turkey's founding father, Kemal Ataturk. In exploring the post-1950 period the author focuses on issues such as the growth of mass politics; internal and external migration, military coups and Turkey's human rights record; the transition from statism to an export-oriented market economy, Turkey's ambivalent relations with the Middle East and Europe; the growth of Islamism; the Kurdish question and the contested nature of Turkish identity.

Turkey's most recent history has been marked by momentous political transformation and the rapid evolution of all aspects of its cultural, social, and economic life. The most significant of these is arguably the rise of political Islam -- which has called into question the fundamental tenets of the Kemalist state -- with the success of the Islamic Welfare Party in the 1990s. Although that seemed to fit in with the trends in the Islamic world, the most recent developments set Turkey apart. The moderately Islamic Justice and Development Party has emerged as the dominant force in Turkish politics and it is using its mandate to speed up the political and economic reforms that are needed to fulfill Turkey's longstanding ambition to join the European Union. At a time of continuing transformation in the region, this standard work is essential reading for all those concerned with modern Turkey and its foundations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850436140
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/1993
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.76(h) x 1.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Preface to the Third Editionix
Glossaryxi
Introduction: Periodization, Theory and Methodology1
Part IWestern Influences and Early Attempts at Modernization
1.The Ottoman Empire at the end of the Eighteenth Century9
2.Between Tradition and Innovation: Sultan Selim III and the 'New Order', 1789-180721
3.The Early Years of Sultan Mahmut II: The Centre Tries to Regain Control30
4.The Later Years of Sultan Mahmut II: The Start of the Reforms36
5.The Era of the Tanzimat, 1839-7150
6.The Crisis of 1873-78 and its Aftermath71
7.Reactionary Despotism or Culmination of the Reforms? The reign of Sultan Abdulhamit II76
Part IIThe Young Turk Era in Turkish History (1908-50)
8.The Second Constitutional Period, 1912-1893
9.The Struggle for Independence133
10.The Emergence of the One-Party State, 1923-27166
11.The Kemalist One-Party State, 1925-45176
12.The Transition to Democracy, 1945-50206
Part IIIA Troubled Democracy
13.The Rule of the Democratic Party, 1950-60221
14.The Second Turkish Republic, 1960-80241
15.The Third Republic: Turkey since 1980278
Notes338
Maps drawn by Russell Townsend356
The Ottoman Balkans356
Anatolia357
The Arab Provinces of the Ottoman Empire358
Bibliographical Survey359
Biographical Notes: Some Important Figures in Ottoman and Turkish History381
Index407

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