Turkey

Turkey

What Everyone Needs to Know

Book - 2012
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Turkey occupies a strategic position in today's world: the only predominantly Muslim nation to be a member of NATO and an ally of Israel, it straddles both Europe and Asia. Turkey is the link between Islam and Western democracy, between Europe and the Middle East. In this concise introduction, the author, who has spent twenty years in Turkey writing about the country for publications such as The Economist and Time magazine, unravels Turkey's complexities. He sets the complications and transformations of present day Turkey against the historical background of the Ottoman Empire, the secular nationalist revolution led by Kemal Ataturk, and repeated political interventions by the military, which sees itself as the guardian of Ataturk's legacy. He reveals a nation full of surprises. Where else but in Turkey, he writes, would secularist liberals have supported a prime minister who was once jailed for promoting religious extremism? From the Kurdish question to economic policy, from Turkey's role in Iraq to its quest for EU membership, the author illuminates the past and present of this unique, and uniquely consequential, country.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
ISBN: 9782052843408
205284340X
9780199733057
0199733058
9780199733040
019973304X
Characteristics: x, 212 p. : maps ; 22 cm

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