Turkey from Empire to Revolutionary Republic: The Emergence of the Turkish Nation from 1789 to the Present
Sina Ak-in is one of Turkey's most important historians, and published in 1996 the Turkish version of this book, which has already gone into several editions. It was inspired by the author's conviction that in Turkey itself the teaching of 20th-century Turkish history -with which the book is largely concerned -and indeed of the social sciences as a whole is inadequate. As the Bibliographical Note makes clear, the histories of modern Turkey available to Western readers are almost entirely by Western scholars; substantial works in Turkish exist, but have not been translated. The appearance of Ak-in's work in this English edition thus establishes a bridge between Turkish scholarship and Western readers, who will find his treatment of the period before, during and after the First World War, encompassing the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Atatiruk, clear and compelling.
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