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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Also check out Reuben’s previous appearance on the podcast from May 2019.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 167Sarah-Neel Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the Maryland Institute College of Art, 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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Turkey Book Talk episode 166Suat 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 and scope of Turkish-style Eurasianism, a worldview favouring the country’s departure from Nato in favour of closer strategic alignment with Russia and/or China.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 165Birol Başkan, non-resident scholar at The Middle East Institute, 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. This period was distinct from the early years of Erdogan’s government, as well as more recent times when Turkey has sought to patch things up with regional adversaries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 163Noah Amir Arjomand, Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholar in Global Media, Development and Democracy at the Center for International Media Assistance and Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies, 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 – local intermediaries who grease the wheels between journalists and sources – in international news coverage on Turkey and Syria.

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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 160Dilek 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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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 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 #153 – Federico Donelli, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Genoa, on “Turkey in Africa: Turkey’s Strategic Involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).

The book examines Ankara’s bid to boost its diplomatic, cultural, economic and defence influence in Africa, the effects this has had on the ground, and what to expect in the coming years.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #150Soner Çağaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, on “A Sultan in Autumn: Erdogan Faces Turkey’s Uncontrollable Forces” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). 

The book describes the myriad political challenges facing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at home and abroad, and speculates about his potential response.

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A PDF of the book is available for free download via the Washington Institute’s website.

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