Turkey Book Talk
Gönül Bozoğlu on the politics of history in contemporary Turkey

Gönül Bozoğlu on the politics of history in contemporary Turkey

August 2, 2022

Gönül Bozoğlu on “Museums, Emotion and Memory Culture: The Politics of the Past in Turkey” (Routledge). The book examines Istanbul's Panorama 1453 Museum and Ankara's Atatürk and War of Independence Museum to show how history in Turkey is often a battleground where contemporary identities clash for supremacy.

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Murat Somer on reframing Turkey’s Kurdish question

Murat Somer on reframing Turkey’s Kurdish question

July 19, 2022

Murat Somer on “Return to Point Zero: The Turkish-Kurdish Question and How Politics and Ideas (Re)Make Empires, Nations and States” (SUNY Press). The book examines how Turkey's Kurdish question emerged decades ago and why that formative period is still crucial today.

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Dimitar Bechev on Turkey’s trajectory under Erdoğan

Dimitar Bechev on Turkey’s trajectory under Erdoğan

July 5, 2022

Dimitar Bechev on “Turkey Under Erdogan: How a Country Turned from Democracy and the West” (Yale University Press). The book gives a neat overview of how the country and President Erdogan came to where they are today, ahead of crucial elections scheduled for next year.

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Amy Marie Spangler on Leyla Erbil, strange woman of 20th century Turkish literature

Amy Marie Spangler on Leyla Erbil, strange woman of 20th century Turkish literature

June 21, 2022

Amy Marie Spangler on the great author Leyla Erbil (1931-2013) and her novel "A Strange Woman", first published in 1971. Spangler just co-translated a new English edition of the book, published by Deep Vellum, building on an original translation by Nermin Menemencioğlu.

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Murat Metinsoy on resistance and dissent in early republican Turkey

Murat Metinsoy on resistance and dissent in early republican Turkey

June 7, 2022

Murat Metinsoy on “The Power of the People: Everyday Resistance and Dissent in the Making of Modern Turkey, 1923-38” (Cambridge University Press). The book examines how ordinary people's reaction to Kemalist reforms shaped, modified or softened how those reforms were implemented on the ground.

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Reuben Silverman on modern Turkey’s social, political and geographic margins

Reuben Silverman on modern Turkey’s social, political and geographic margins

May 24, 2022

Reuben Silverman on “Borderline Personalities: Lives at the Political, Social and Geographic Edges of Modern Turkey” (Libra Books). The book brings together pieces from his website largely focusing on figures from the political, social and cultural margins to illuminate broader themes of modern Turkish history. 

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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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