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The Emergence of Modern Turkey (Studies in Middle Eastern History) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0195134605 ISBN-10: 0195134605 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History
  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 3 edition (September 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195134605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195134605
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No one has done more to examine the interactions of the West and the Middle East.Lewis' book will remain a landmark in the study of the modern Middle East."--Foreign Affairs


"An authoritative contribution by a distinguished historian which fills a long-existing need for an interpretive study of developments in Turkey during the last two centuries."--American Historical Review


"Equally valuable for the scholar planning to explore specific lines of research, and for the teacher and journalist who have to explain and analyze developments in modern Turkey."--The Economist


"The author has mobilized his unrivaled knowledge of both Turkish and Western sources to assess the significance of the Ataturk revolution and provide an essential background for the formation of judgments about contemporary Turkey's problems and prospects."--The Times Literary Supplement


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Bernard Lewis is at Princeton University (Emeritus).

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By dwdavison@aol.com on January 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
Bernard Lewis offers a valuable survey of the history of modern Turkey. The first half of the book is a chronological discussion of the social and political events leading to the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Turkish nationalism. The second half of the book is a more in depth analysis of the key intellectual and political figures who worked both for and against the consolidation of power among the adherents of the C.U.P.
Bernard Lewis does not limit his study strictly to the historical issues; he discusses some of the important European missunderstandings that guided policymakers in the Near East. He also elaborates on diplomatic factors that affected commercial relations between the West and East; the history of the European "capitulations" in Istanbul, for example, is touched upon.
Where the book really shines, however, is in the second half where Dr. Lewis introduces the western reader to the Turkish periodicals, philosophical tracts and political pamphlets current in the 19th and early 20th cnetury; Dr. Lewis also explores the evolution of modern Turkish in a way that makes it accessible to those unfamiliar with the language -- stressing how important irredentism was in the propaganda of the revolution. The poetry and literature of the elite is contrasted with the language that was spoken by the average Turkish citizenry; a great deal of the rhetoric used by the Ottoman officials and even by the early activists of the Young Turk Movement, for example, was incomprhensible to the masses, because of its obsolescent flourishes and subtle illusions which could only be appreciated by the highly educated.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2004
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This book was long considered the classic description of the recent history of Turkey. The author has a beautiful writing style, and the book is a pleasure to read. It is by now fairly outdated, however, and the more recent history of Turkey provides reason to question some of Lewis's assumptions.
The book has largely been superseded by Erich Jan Zurcher's "A Modern History of Turkey", also available from Amazon, which can be seen as more reliable and covering issues which Lewis neglects. Professor Zurcher, of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, has written an appreciative but nonetheless insightful commentary of the Lewis book. Readers considering purchasing the Lewis book would do well to read this commentary beforehand.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful By armand cohen on May 25, 2000
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Thank God, there is some new info on this country. For decades we had to depend on 50's and 60's informations to get a clear picture of creation of Turkey. I liked it a lot. A new window to America's closest ally that is so far away.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1997
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B.Lewis is an excellent writer who captures fundemental truths of the history of the Turkish republic and its emergence.Despite that the book has many facts and details it is written in a way that makes it fascinating to read.It is recommeneded for anybody who has interest in Turkish history.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt on March 15, 2006
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It's a little dry at times, but this is a well-written, scholarly history of the development of modern Tukey, focusing primarily upon the late Ottoman period and going into revolutionary and modern Turkey.
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By G.Bone on September 30, 2013
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I considered this rating because it is a very useful book about Ataturk, his roots, and his reforms. Mr. Lewis does know his history and supports it with extensive facts that are not readily accessible in English. Mr. Lewis has published a series of histories based on Arabic/Muslim perceptions and this book focuses on the 'emergence of Modern Turkey'. I bought it because I needed it for a paper and it was the cornerstone of my research. If anyone needs or wants to know how Modern Turkey came about I would highly recommend this book.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cengo on December 25, 2002
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Lewis scientifically presents historical facts in an objective way. There are numerious references that are used. This book gives a flavor almost like a Ph.D. dissertation. The infrastructure of Ottoman Empire is discussed and scrutinized in detail. This is a book for who would like to know the historic facts behind the modern Turkey and understand its roots.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Baris A on April 5, 2003
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Bernard Lewis is an expert on Turkish/Ottoman history. The background of turkish history lies in the Ottoman empire and beginning from 1800 all the bases of ideas that Turkish Republic is based on flourished and evolved in Istanbul and in European cities. Since in Turkey I have learnt "propagandist" history and one-man show of Ataturk I have increased my perspective on Turkish history with this book. Lacking are what happened to minorities of Anatolia and the harshness of realities about that them. Anatolia was their land too. Their story has not been told.
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