Turkey Book Talk
Sarah-Neel Smith on art and development in mid-20th century Turkey

Sarah-Neel Smith on art and development in mid-20th century Turkey

May 10, 2022

Sarah-Neel Smith on “Metrics of Modernity: Art and Development in Postwar Turkey” (University of California Press). The book paints a vivid portrait of Turkey's art world in the 1950s and how it reflected early Cold War ideas of national development, individual enterprise and global integration.

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Suat Kınıklıoğlu on Eurasianism in Turkey

Suat Kınıklıoğlu on Eurasianism in Turkey

April 26, 2022

Suat Kınıklıoğlu on his report “Eurasianism in Turkey”, published by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs' Centre for Applied Turkey Studies. The report examines the influence of Turkish-style Eurasianism, a worldview favouring Ankara's break from Nato in favour of strategic alignment with Russia and/or China.

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Birol Başkan on Islamism and Turkish foreign policy

Birol Başkan on Islamism and Turkish foreign policy

April 12, 2022

Birol Başkan on “The Nation or the Ummah: Islamism and Turkish Foreign Policy” (SUNY Press), co-written with Ömer Taşpınar. The book examines Turkey's foreign policy during the Arab Spring era, when Ankara threw its weight behind protest movements seeking to overthrow established regimes around the Middle East.

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Andrea Lemieux on the pleasures of Turkish wine

Andrea Lemieux on the pleasures of Turkish wine

March 29, 2022

Andrea Lemieux on “The Essential Guide to Turkish Wine”, covering the regions, grapes and history of winemaking in Turkey, as well as the political and economic challenges facing producers in the country today.

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Noah Amir Arjomand on fixers and journalism in Turkey and Syria

Noah Amir Arjomand on fixers and journalism in Turkey and Syria

March 15, 2022

Noah Amir Arjomand on “Fixing Stories: Local Newsmaking and International Media in Turkey and Syria" (Cambridge University Press). The book is a detailed study of the role of fixers - locals who intermediate between journalists and sources - in international coverage on Turkey and Syria.

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York Norman on Celal Nuri, Young Turk moderniser and Muslim nationalist

York Norman on Celal Nuri, Young Turk moderniser and Muslim nationalist

March 1, 2022

York Norman on “Celal Nuri: Young Turk Modernizer and Muslim Nationalist” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book examines the life of Celal Nuri, a journalist and politician whose career spanned the late Ottoman and early republican periods.

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Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal on the occupation of Istanbul through British eyes

Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal on the occupation of Istanbul through British eyes

February 15, 2022

Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal on “Britain's Levantine Empire, 1914-1923” (Oxford University Press). The book examines British military occupation in Istanbul, Salonica and Alexandria through the letters, diaries and memoirs of servicemen during and after the First World War.

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Dilek Kurban on Turkey, the Kurdish question and the ECHR

Dilek Kurban on Turkey, the Kurdish question and the ECHR

February 1, 2022

Dilek Kurban, Max Weber postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute and adjunct faculty at the Hertie School in Berlin, on “Limits of Supranational Justice: The European Court of Human Rights and Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict” (Cambridge University Press).

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Hakan Özoğlu on Mark Bristol and the founding of US-Turkey ties in the 20th century

Hakan Özoğlu on Mark Bristol and the founding of US-Turkey ties in the 20th century

January 18, 2022

Hakan Özoğlu on “The Decline of the Ottoman Empire and the Rise of the Turkish Republic: Observations of an American Diplomat, 1919-1927” (Edinburgh University Press). The book examines the work of Admiral Mark Bristol, US high commissioner in Istanbul as the Ottoman Empire collapsed and the Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923.

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Çiğdem Oğuz on moral panic and westernisation in the late Ottoman era and today

Çiğdem Oğuz on moral panic and westernisation in the late Ottoman era and today

January 4, 2022

Çiğdem Oğuz on “Moral Crisis in the Ottoman Empire: Society, Politics and Gender during WWI” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book examines debates about morality in the late Ottoman era, when mounting European cultural influence triggered anxiety about the loss of traditional religious values.

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Murat Siviloğlu on the emergence of public opinion in the late Ottoman Empire

Murat Siviloğlu on the emergence of public opinion in the late Ottoman Empire

December 21, 2021

Murat R. Siviloğlu on “The Emergence of Public Opinion: State and Society in the Late Ottoman Empire” (Cambridge University Press). The book argues that Ottoman society developed a realm of “public opinion” that had a crucial effect on political developments in the late 19th century.

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Ramazan Aras on the past and present of the Turkey-Syria border

Ramazan Aras on the past and present of the Turkey-Syria border

December 7, 2021

Ramazan Aras on “The Wall: The Making and Unmaking of the Turkish-Syrian Border” (Palgrave Macmillan). The book examines the effect on local Kurdish communities of the foundation of the Turkey-Syria border in 1923 and its later hardening, leading most recently to the building of a security wall along its length.

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Maureen Freely on rediscovering leftist Turkish novelist Suat Derviş

Maureen Freely on rediscovering leftist Turkish novelist Suat Derviş

November 23, 2021

Maureen Freely discusses the eventful life of leftist woman novelist Suat Derviş (1904-1972), as well as her recently published translation of Derviş's “In the Shadow of the Yalı” (Other Press).

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Marc David Baer on the Ottomans as khans, caesars and caliphs

Marc David Baer on the Ottomans as khans, caesars and caliphs

November 9, 2021

Marc David Baer on “The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs” (Basic Books). The book argues for the Ottoman Empire as an inseparable part of European history - not as antithesis of the Christian West but as an intimate and active participant in the continent's shifting cultural and political tides.

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Federico Donelli on Turkey‘s push into Africa

Federico Donelli on Turkey‘s push into Africa

October 26, 2021

Federico Donelli on “Turkey in Africa: Turkey's Strategic Involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book looks at Ankara's bid to boost its diplomatic, cultural, economic and security influence in Africa, the effects it has had on the ground, and what to expect in the coming years.

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Yonca Köksal on Ottoman modernisation from the ground up

Yonca Köksal on Ottoman modernisation from the ground up

October 12, 2021

Yonca Köksal on “The Ottoman Empire in the Tanzimat Era: Provincial Perspectives from Ankara to Edirne” (Routledge). The book compares the empire's modernising, centralising reforms of the 19th century in the Balkan province of Edirne and the central Anatolian province of Ankara.

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Giancarlo Casale on Osman of Timişoara, Ottoman captive in 17th century Europe

Giancarlo Casale on Osman of Timişoara, Ottoman captive in 17th century Europe

September 28, 2021

Giancarlo Casale on “Prisoner of the Infidels: The Memoir of an Ottoman Muslim in 17th Century Europe” (UC Press). Casale edited and translated the book, the first English-language edition of Osman of Timişoara's fascinating memoir describing his years as prisoner and slave in the Habsburg Empire from 1688 to 1699.

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Soner Çağaptay on the crises facing Turkey’s Erdoğan

Soner Çağaptay on the crises facing Turkey’s Erdoğan

September 14, 2021

Soner Çağaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, on “A Sultan in Autumn: Erdogan Faces Turkey's Uncontrollable Forces” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book describes the myriad challenges facing the Turkish president at home and abroad.

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Natalie Rothman on dragomans of the Ottoman Empire, between East and West

Natalie Rothman on dragomans of the Ottoman Empire, between East and West

August 31, 2021

Natalie Rothman on “The Dragoman Renaissance: Diplomatic Interpreters and the Routes of Orientalism” (Cornell University Press). The book shows how Istanbul-based translator-interpreters were key in shaping outside understanding of the Ottoman Empire, as well as in the Ottoman elites' diplomatic moves.

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Ömer Tekdemir on the Kurdish issue from the 19th century to today

Ömer Tekdemir on the Kurdish issue from the 19th century to today

August 17, 2021

Ömer Tekdemir on “Constituting the Political Economy of the Kurds: Social Embeddedness, Hegemony and Identity” (Routledge). The book is a sweeping account of the social, political and economic circumstances shaping the emergence of collective Kurdish identity from the late Ottoman era to today's Turkey.

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