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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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'Constantly exhilarating .... However many histories of Turkey you have read, you will never have read one as incisive, combative and sure-footed as this one' - Cornucopia 'Absolutely splendid ... pithy, straightforward, superbly argued' - Country Life 'Arresting ... Stone's Turkey breaks the popular mould and introduces its readers to a place beyond their presumptions' - Sunday Times 'A fanfare for modern Turkey and a vivid, provocative, often funny, always insightful account of how it came about ... If you really don't know why a portrait of Ataturk hangs in almost every shop in Turkey, read this book' - Guardian

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