Turkey Book Talk episode 159Hakan Özoğlu, professor of history and director of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Central Florida, on Admiral Mark L. Bristol, US high commissioner in Istanbul from 1919 to 1927.

Compared with many European diplomats during the period, Bristol had a relatively pro-Turkish, pro-Muslim perspective. His observations and recommendations helped shape US policy in the Ottoman Empire, and also helped lay the foundations of the strategic partnership between Turkey and the US during the Cold War.

Özoğlu is author of “The Decline of the Ottoman Empire and the Rise of the Turkish Republic: Observations of an American Diplomat, 1919-1927” (Edinburgh University Press).

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Turkey Book Talk episode 158 – Çiğdem Oğuz, research fellow at the University of Bologna’s Department of History and Cultures, 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 among many.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 157Murat R. Siviloğlu, assistant professor in Turkish Cultural History at Trinity College Dublin, on “The Emergence of Public Opinion: State and Society in the Late Ottoman Empire” (Cambridge University Press). 

The idea of “public opinion” is generally associated with the emergence of a middle class, independent of the state, in Western Europe in the 19th century. The Ottoman Empire is generally seen as outside this process, but Siviloğlu 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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Turkey Book Talk episode 156Ramazan Aras, professor of social and cultural anthropology at Istanbul’s Ibn Haldun University, 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 hardening in subsequent decades, leading most recently to Turkey’s building of a hi-tech security wall along the length of the border.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 155 – 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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Maureen Freely’s previous appearances on Turkey Book Talk:

Episode 18 – On Sabahattin Ali and translating ‘Madonna in a Fur Coat’

Episode 86 – On the life and work of Sait Faik Abasiyanik

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Turkey Book Talk episode #154 – Marc David Baer, professor of international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science, on “The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs” (Basic Books).

The book makes the case that the Ottoman Empire is 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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Turkey Book Talk episode #152Yonca Köksal, associate professor of history at Koç University, on “The Ottoman Empire in the Tanzimat Era: Provincial Perspectives from Ankara to Edirne” (Routledge).

The book compares and contrasts the application of the Ottoman Empire’s modernising, centralising Tanzimat reforms of the 19th century in the Balkan province of Edirne and the central Anatolian province of Ankara.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #149 – E. Natalie Rothman, associate professor of history at the University of Toronto, on “The Dragoman Renaissance: Diplomatic Interpreters and the Routes of Orientalism” (Cornell University Press).

The book shows how Istanbul-based diplomatic translator-interpreters played a crucial role in developing outside understanding of the Ottoman Empire, as well as in the Ottoman elites’ various diplomatic manoeuvres.

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The e-book edition is available for free open access download from Cornell Open.

Also check out the Dragoman Renaissance Research Platform website, set up as a companion offering additional resources related to the project.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #148Ömer Tekdemir, lecturer in political economy at Coventry University, 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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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 #145 – Suna Çağaptay, post-doctoral research associate at St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, on “The First Capital of the Ottoman Empire: The Religious, Architectural and Social History of Bursa” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).

The book examines Bursa’s history from antiquity to the present day, particularly focusing on its hybrid and plural character after transitioning from Byzantine to Ottoman rule in the 14th century.

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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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