Turkey Book Talk #184 – Gregory Goalwin, assistant professor and chair of the sociology department at Aurora University, on “Borders of Belief: Religious Nationalism and the Formation of Identity in Ireland and Turkey” (Rutgers University Press). 

The book explores how religion – Catholicism in Ireland, Islam in Turkey – served as a fundamental building block of the two countries’ national identity throughout the 20th century.

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Turkey Book Talk #182 – Ryan Gingeras, professor of history in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, California, 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, as well as how these years are remembered in today’s Turkey.

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Turkey Book Talk #181 – 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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Turkey Book Talk #180Gönül Tol, director of the Turkey program at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, on “Erdogan’s War: A Strongman’s Struggle at Home and in Syria” (Oxford University Press).

The book tells the story of how developments in Syria have played a unique role in Erdogan’s political strategy, helping him construct his identity, consolidate his base, and divide and eliminate his domestic rivals. He has done this by shifting shape, emphasising different shades of Islamist or nationalist ideology at different times.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 173 – Gönül Bozoğlu, Leverhulme Research Fellow at Newcastle University, on “Museums, Emotion and Memory Culture: The Politics of the Past in Turkey” (Routledge).

The book focuses on the Panorama 1453 Museum in Istanbul and the Atatürk and War of Independence Museum in Ankara to show how history in Turkey is often a battleground where contemporary identities clash for supremacy.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 169 – Murat Metinsoy, professor of political science and international relations at Istanbul University, on “The Power of the People: Everyday Resistance and Dissent in the Making of Modern Turkey, 1923-38” (Cambridge University Press).

The book takes a bottom-up approach to examine how ordinary people’s reaction to Kemalist reforms shaped, modified or softened how those reforms were implemented on the ground.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 168 – 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 social, political and cultural margins to illustrate broader themes of modern Turkish history.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 162York Norman, professor of history at Buffalo State College, 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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Turkey Book Talk episode 161Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal, assistant director of the British Institute at Ankara, 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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As mentioned in the episode – if you’re interested in the subject you may also want to check out episode 142 – Malte Fuhrmann on cosmopolitan life in port cities of the late Ottoman era

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Turkey Book Talk episode #147 – Nicholas Danforth, non-resident fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, on “The Remaking of Republican Turkey: Memory and Modernity since the Fall of the Ottoman Empire” (Cambridge University Press).

The book upends conventional wisdom about social and political shifts between 1945 and 1960, years when Turkey held its first multi-party elections and joined the NATO alliance under the conservative Democrat Party government of prime minister Adnan Menderes.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #144 – Dimitris Kamouzis, researcher at the Centre for Asia Minor Studies in Athens, on “Greeks in Turkey: Elite Nationalism and Minority Politics in Late Ottoman and Early Republican Istanbul” (Routledge).

The book explores the spread of nationalism and ideas of unity with the Kingdom of Greece among Istanbul’s Greek Orthodox community from the 19th century to the declaration of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 and beyond.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #139 – Ahmet Erdi Öztürk, associate professor and Marie Curie fellow at London Metropolitan University and Coventry University, and non-resident scholar at ELIAMEP, on “Religion, Identity and Power: Turkey and the Balkans in the Twenty-First Century” (Edinburgh University Press).

Based on extensive fieldwork in the region, the book examines how Turkey’s religious nationalist transformation under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is reflected in its expanding footprint in the Balkans.

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