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Turkey: A Short History

Norman Stone

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ISBN 10: 050029299X / ISBN 13: 9780500292990
Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2017
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Title: Turkey: A Short History

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: 2nd Revised edition.

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From the eminent historian Norman Stone, who has lived and worked in the country since 1997, comes this concise survey of Turkey’s relations with its immediate neighbours and the wider world from the 11th century to the present day. Stone deftly conducts the reader through this story, from the arrival of the Seljuks in Anatolia in the eleventh century to today’s thriving republic. It is an historical account of epic proportions, featuring rapacious leaders such as Genghis Khan and Tamerlane through the glories of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent to Kemal Atatürk, the reforming genius and founder of modern Turkey. At its height, the Ottoman Empire was a superpower that brought Islam to the gates of Vienna. Stone examines the reasons for the empire’s long decline and shows how it gave birth to the modern Turkish republic, where east and west, religion and secularism, tradition and modernity still form vibrant elements of national identity. Norman Stone brilliantly draws out the larger themes of Turkey’s history, resulting in a book that is a masterly exposition of the historian’s craft.

Table of Contents

Prelude; 1. Origins; 2. World Empire; 3. Zenith; 4. Shadows; 5. The Eighteenth Century; 6. The Long Defensive; 7. End of Empire; 8. Crash; Epilogue

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'Impressive, and suggests a contemporary Herodotus at work ... Stone does justice to the enormous complexity of Turkish history'
--Standpoint

'Arresting ... authoritative and measured ... Stone's Turkey breaks the popular mould and introduces its readers to a place beyond their presumptions' --The Sunday Times

'Brilliant and readable ... pithy, straightforward, superbly argued and very funny ... This is a book you could easily read on a plane ride to Istanbul, and you should, too'
--Country Life

`Norman Stone is one of the great historians of our time ... a refreshing and sometimes surprising view of Turkish history' --Military Illustrated

'Stone's irreverent narrative is a spur to read more about a forgotten power that is central to Europe's history' --The Financial Times

'Lively, forceful and fast-moving'
--The Scotsman

'Gripping'
--The Catholic Herald

'An enjoyable gallop through the history of Turks' --The Literary Review

'However many histories of Turkey you have read, you will never have read one as incisive, combative and sure-footed as this one, which is also delightfully brisk and extremely funny' --Cornucopia

'An authoritative but clear guide to an extremely complex subject in a lavishly illustrated, easy-to-follow format'
--Good Book Guide

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