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 #179 – Elise Massicard, senior researcher at the Center for International Studies at Sciences Po, on “Street-Level Governing: Negotiating the State in Urban Turkey” (Stanford University Press). 

The book takes a deep dive into the world of the muhtar, the lowest rung of the administrative ladder in Turkey, looking first-hand at how they operate and chart a course between local residents and higher authorities in the country.

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Turkey Book Talk #177Sevgi Adak, associate professor at the International Aga Khan University, on “Anti-Veiling Campaigns in Turkey: State, Society and Gender in the Early Republic” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). 

The book examines measures taken by the Turkish authorities against women’s veiling, as well as other forms of clothing, in the 1920s and 1930s. It complicates the rigid idea of sweeping official measures imposed from the centre onto a passive, traditional and resentful Turkish public, giving us a more nuanced and sophisticated account of dynamics between state and society.

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Turkey Book Talk # 176 Galip Dalay, associate fellow at Chatham House and non-resident senior fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs, on his recent paper “Turkey’s Middle East Reset: A Precursor for Reescalation?

The article looks in depth at Turkey’s bid to mend fences with previously bitter rivals including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel, toning down its revisionist zeal in order to return to something like the pre-Arab Spring status quo. Dalay looks at the push and pull factors behind this initiative, the challenges it faces, and some of the possible exceptions.

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Turkey Book Talk 175Jan-Markus Vomel, doctoral student at the University of Konstanz, on his article “Pathos and Discipline: Islamist Masculinity in Turkey, 1950-2000”, published in the journal Zeithistorische Forschungen (Studies in Contemporary History).

The article examines how political Islam in Turkey weaponised ideas of virility, manliness and strength to mobilise against what it saw as the emasculating forces of secularism and Westernisation.

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Check out Jan’s previous appearance on the podcast from November 2020.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 174 – Saniye Dedeoglu of Mugla University 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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Check out the episode mentioned with Murat Erdogan from February 2021.

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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 172Murat Somer, professor of political science at Koç University, 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 the historical and structural factors behind how Turkey’s Kurdish question emerged decades ago, why that formative period is still crucial today, and the factors that sustain the conflict in the present day.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 171Dimitar Bechev, lecturer at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies at the University of Oxford, on “Turkey Under Erdoğan: How a Country Turned from Democracy and the West” (Yale University Press)

The book gives a neat overview of how the country and Erdogan came to where they are today, covering domestic and foreign politics at this crucial point ahead of elections scheduled for next year.

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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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