Turkey Book Talk
Ryan Gingeras on the last days of the Ottoman Empire, 1918-1922

Ryan Gingeras on the last days of the Ottoman Empire, 1918-1922

December 6, 2022

Ryan Gingeras on “The Last Days of the Ottoman Empire 1918-1922” (Allen Lane). The conversation addresses events between the end of the First World War and the declaration of the Turkish Republic, while also touching on how these years are remembered in today's Turkey.

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Enno Maessen on nostalgia and cosmopolitanism in Istanbul’s Beyoglu

Enno Maessen on nostalgia and cosmopolitanism in Istanbul’s Beyoglu

November 22, 2022

Enno Maessen, lecturer in political history at Utrecht University, on “Representing Modern Istanbul: Urban History and International Institutions in Twentieth Century Beyoglu” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book examines convulsive changes in Istanbul's historical Beyoglu district over the past century.

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Gönül Tol on Erdogan’s wars at home and abroad

Gönül Tol on Erdogan’s wars at home and abroad

November 8, 2022

Gönül Tol, director of the Turkey program at the Middle East Institute, on “Erdogan’s War: A Strongman’s Struggle at Home and in Syria” (Oxford University Press). The book describes how developments in Syria have helped Turkey's president divide and eliminate his domestic rivals and consolidate his base. 

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Elise Massicard on muhtars, the state and society in Turkey

Elise Massicard on muhtars, the state and society in Turkey

October 25, 2022

Elise Massicard on “Street-Level Governing: Negotiating the State in Urban Turkey” (Stanford University Press). The book dives deep into the world of muhtars, the lowest administrative rung in Turkey, looking first-hand at how they chart a course between local residents and higher authorities in the country.

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Jonathan Parry on British encounters with the Ottomans

Jonathan Parry on British encounters with the Ottomans

October 11, 2022

Jonathan Parry, Professor of Modern British History at the University of Cambridge, on “Promised Lands: The British and the Ottoman Middle East” (Princeton University Press). The book charts British engagement with the Ottoman authorities and local communities across the Middle East in the 19th century.

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Sevgi Adak on anti-veiling campaigns in Turkey

Sevgi Adak on anti-veiling campaigns in Turkey

September 27, 2022

Sevgi Adak on “Anti-Veiling Campaigns in Turkey: State, Society and Gender in the Early Republic” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book examines measures taken by the authorities against women’s veiling, as well as other forms of clothing, in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Galip Dalay on the nuances of Turkey’s Middle East reset

Galip Dalay on the nuances of Turkey’s Middle East reset

September 13, 2022

Galip Dalay on his Middle East Council on Global Affairs paper “Turkey’s Middle East Reset: A Precursor for Reescalation?” The piece looks at Ankara's bid to mend fences with previously bitter rivals including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel, the challenges it faces, and some of the exceptions.

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Jan-Markus Vomel on Islamism and masculinity in Turkey

Jan-Markus Vomel on Islamism and masculinity in Turkey

August 30, 2022

Jan-Markus Vomel on his article “Pathos and Discipline: Islamist Masculinity in Turkey, 1950-2000”, published in the journal Zeithistorische Forschungen. The piece explores how Turkish Islamism weaponised ideas of virility and manliness against what it saw as the emasculating forces of secularism and Westernisation.

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Saniye Dedeoğlu on Syrian migrants, work and precarity in Turkey

Saniye Dedeoğlu on Syrian migrants, work and precarity in Turkey

August 16, 2022

Saniye Dedeoglu on “Syrian Refugees and Agriculture in Turkey Work, Precarity, Survival” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book looks at Syrians' integration into Turkey’s labour market, its effect on relations between men and women, and the role of child labour in the agriculture sector.

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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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