Turkey Book Talk
Ryan Gingeras on the paradoxes of Turkey in the age of Atatürk

Ryan Gingeras on the paradoxes of Turkey in the age of Atatürk

March 31, 2020

Ryan Gingeras on “Eternal Dawn: Turkey in the Age of Atatürk” (Oxford University Press) on the late Ottoman and early republican period, examining the paradoxes behind the rise and consecration of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from the First World War, through the Turkish war of independence, and to his death in 1938.

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Omar Kadkoy on Syrian refugees, the EU deal and migrants in Turkey

Omar Kadkoy on Syrian refugees, the EU deal and migrants in Turkey

March 17, 2020

Omar Kadkoy, policy analyst at the TEPAV think tank, on the over 3.5 million Syrian migrants and refugees in Turkey, the Ankara-EU migrant deal, shifting public opinion, and the legal future of Syrians in the country.

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Onur İşçi on Turkey-Russia ties during the Second World War and today

Onur İşçi on Turkey-Russia ties during the Second World War and today

March 3, 2020

Onur İşçi on “Turkey and the Soviet Union during World War II” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book counter-intuitively argues that the breakdown in Turkey-Soviet relations in the Second World War and at the start of the Cold War was an anomaly in a 20th century in which Turkey and Russia in fact cooperated widely.

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Ayse Zarakol on stigma and status anxiety in Turkey’s ties to the West

Ayse Zarakol on stigma and status anxiety in Turkey’s ties to the West

February 18, 2020

Ayşe Zarakol on “After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West” (Cambridge University Press). The book examines how a sense of “stigma” has dogged the way modern Turkey engages with the Western-led international order, as well as comparable cases of Japan and Russia.

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Erkan Saka on social media, trolling and fake news in Turkey

Erkan Saka on social media, trolling and fake news in Turkey

February 4, 2020

Erkan Saka on “Social Media and Politics in Turkey: A Journey Through Citizen Journalism, Political Trolling and Fake News” (Lexington). The book looks at the transformation of social media use in Turkey over the years, as well as the government crackdown on social media platforms and users.

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Ayhan Kaya on migration from Turkey to Europe, past and present

Ayhan Kaya on migration from Turkey to Europe, past and present

January 21, 2020

Ayhan Kaya of Istanbul Bilgi University on “Turkish Origin Migrants and Their Descendants” (Palgrave Macmillan). The book examines migration from Turkey to Europe since the 1960s, arguing that home and host countries have increasingly defined migrants within rigid, religiously-defined boundaries, with ambivalent results.

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Mike Giglio on reporting the rise and fall of ISIS from Turkey, Syria and Iraq

Mike Giglio on reporting the rise and fall of ISIS from Turkey, Syria and Iraq

January 7, 2020

Mike Giglio, staff writer at The Atlantic, on "Shatter the Nations: ISIS and the War for the Caliphate" (Public Affairs). The book describes Giglio's years reporting on the rise and fall of ISIS from Turkey, Syria and Iraq, including time embedded on the front line with Iraqi special forces and the Syrian Kurdish YPG.

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Bilge Yabancı on youth groups cultivating Turkey’s religious nationalism

Bilge Yabancı on youth groups cultivating Turkey’s religious nationalism

December 17, 2019

Bilge Yabancı on her paper “Work for the Nation, Obey the State, Praise the Ummah: Turkey’s Government-oriented Youth Organizations in Cultivating a New Nation”. The paper explores the relationship between the ruling AKP and youth groups that share its goal of shepherding Turkey down a religious, nationalist, conservative course.

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Caner Yelbaşı on the Circassians in Turkey and the Ottoman Empire

Caner Yelbaşı on the Circassians in Turkey and the Ottoman Empire

December 3, 2019

Caner Yelbaşı on “The Circassians in Turkey: War, Violence and Nationalism from the Ottomans to Atatürk” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book describes the course of Circassians in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey after they were driven from their north Caucasus homeland by the Russian Empire in the 19th century.

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Jonathan Rugman on Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Jonathan Rugman on Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

November 19, 2019

Jonathan Rugman, foreign correspondent at Channel 4 News, on “The Killing in the Consulate: Investigating the Life and Death of Jamal Khashoggi” (Simon & Schuster). The book examines the gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul Consulate, as well as Khashoggi's complex professional and personal life.

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Zeynep Şentek on industry and politics in environmental ‘disaster zone’ Dilovası

Zeynep Şentek on industry and politics in environmental ‘disaster zone’ Dilovası

November 5, 2019

Zeynep Şentek on the environment, public health and politics in Dilovası, a heavily polluted industrial district near Istanbul. Şentek is among the reporters of a recent Black Sea.EU article on a "public health disaster zone" where dangerous chemicals are belched into the air, cancer rates are reportedly above average, and locals suffer from severe respiratory conditions.

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Soner Çağaptay on Syria and Erdoğan’s Middle East quandary

Soner Çağaptay on Syria and Erdoğan’s Middle East quandary

October 22, 2019

Soner Çağaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on how Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria fits into President Erdoğan's broader policies in the Middle East. Çağaptay is author most recently of “Erdogan's Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). 

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Holly Shissler on late Ottoman man of letters Ahmet Mithat Efendi

Holly Shissler on late Ottoman man of letters Ahmet Mithat Efendi

October 8, 2019

Holly Shissler, associate professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish History at the University of Chicago, on the life and work of Ahmet Mithat Efendi (1844-1912). The publisher of major newspaper Tercuman-i Hakikat, Ahmet Mithat also wrote many fictional works including Felatun Bey and Rakim Efendi, which appeared in English in 2016.

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Deniz Çifçi on the fissures within Kurdish politics in Turkey

Deniz Çifçi on the fissures within Kurdish politics in Turkey

September 24, 2019

Deniz Çifçi on “The Kurds and the Politics of Turkey: Agency, Territory and Religion” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). Based on extensive on-the-ground research, the book describes the diversity of interest and opinion among Kurds in Turkey. While the Kurds are often seen as a homogeneous group with unified demands, Çifçi paints a more nuanced picture.

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Nur Deriş on the epic life and times of Turkish journalist Sabiha Sertel

Nur Deriş on the epic life and times of Turkish journalist Sabiha Sertel

September 10, 2019

Nur Deriş on the life of Sabiha Sertel (1895-1968). Deriş is co-editor of “The Struggle for Modern Turkey: Justice, Activism and a Revolutionary Female Journalist” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury), the first appearance in English of Sertel's autobiography. The book is a fascinating window into an era covering the war of independence and the single-party period until 1950.

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Emre Erşen on Turkey’s pivot to Eurasia

Emre Erşen on Turkey’s pivot to Eurasia

August 27, 2019

Emre Erşen, associate professor of international relations at Marmara University and co-editor of “Turkey's Pivot to Eurasia: Geopolitics and Foreign Policy in a Changing World Order” (Routledge), discusses the past, present and future of Ankara's relations with Russia and China.

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Hannah Lucinda Smith on the past, present and future of Erdogan’s Turkey

Hannah Lucinda Smith on the past, present and future of Erdogan’s Turkey

August 13, 2019

Hannah Lucinda Smith on her new book “Erdoğan Rising: The Battle for the Soul of Turkey” (William Collins). Smith has been Turkey correspondent for The Times of London since 2013 and her book is a part-biography of President Erdoğan, part-journalistic account of contemporary Turkish history.

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Mehmet Fatih Uslu on the pleasures and perils of translating Armenian to Turkish

Mehmet Fatih Uslu on the pleasures and perils of translating Armenian to Turkish

July 30, 2019

Mehmet Fatih Uslu of Istanbul Şehir University on the pleasures and challenges of translating from Armenian into Turkish. Uslu has translated a number of significant texts, including by the great early 20th century Istanbul Armenian feminist Zabel Yesayan and the 19th century playwright Hagop Baronyan.

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Yağmur Karakaya on Ottoman nostalgia and populism in Turkey

Yağmur Karakaya on Ottoman nostalgia and populism in Turkey

July 16, 2019

Yağmur Karakaya on the rise of Ottoman nostalgia in contemporary Turkish politics and popular culture. Karakaya is the author of "The Conquest of Hearts: The central role of Ottoman nostalgia within contemporary Turkish populism", published in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

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Haris Rigas on the Istanbul of 19th century Greek scholar Skarlatos Byzantios

Haris Rigas on the Istanbul of 19th century Greek scholar Skarlatos Byzantios

July 2, 2019

Haris Theodorelis-Rigas on Skarlatos Byzantios' "Constantinople" (Istos), a monumental social and historical description of Istanbul written in the mid-19th century. Haris is the translator of the first volume and one of the founders of Istos, a publishing house focusing on the Greek Orthodox heritage of Istanbul and Anatolia.

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