Turks have been on the world stage for more than a millennium. They ruled the Ottoman Empireone of the world's largest. They were engaged in extensive Westernization. Today, although it is a Muslim country, for some nearby countries Turkey is a leader and a role model, offering a secular, democratic, and modernist alternative to the fundamentalism preached in Iran and elsewhere. After all, despite difficulties and setbacks, Turkey has developed a working party system, and it boasts important assets, including a large but productive population, a strong military, and an exceptional strategic location where Europe, Africa, and Asia meet. Heper traces a large part of this story, the moments of glory as well as those of decline. He begins with the rise of the Ottoman Empire in the thirteenth century and concludes with the present day, covering many significant persins, places, and events as well as important aspects of the economy, politics, culture, and society. A complete bibliography directs interested readers to more specialized sources.
Author Biography: Metin Heper (PhD, Syracuse University), Professor of Political Science at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, was previously Research Associate from Harvard, Lester Martin Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Fulbright Scholar at the University of Connecticut, and Simon Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He is co-editor of "State, Democracy, and the Military: Turkey in the 1980s; Political Parties and Democracy in Turkey; Politics in the Third Turkish Republic; Turkey and the West;" and "Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East;" editor of "Strong State and Economic InterestGroups: The Post-1980 Turkish Experience; The State and Public Bureaucracies;" and "Local Government in Turkey;" and author of "The State Tradition in Turkey."
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||European Historical Dictionaries Series , #2|
|Product dimensions:||5.84(w) x 8.89(h) x 1.59(d)|
About 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.