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"Arresting ... Stone’s Turkey breaks the popular mould and introduces its readers to a place beyond their presumptions" ―The Sunday Times

In Turkey: A Short History the celebrated historian Norman Stone deftly conducts the reader through the fascinating and complex story of Turkey’s past, from the arrival of the Seljuks in Anatolia in the eleventh century to the modern republic applying for EU membership in the twenty-first. It is an account of epic proportions, featuring rapacious leaders such as Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, the glories of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, and Kemal Atatürk, the reforming genius and founder of modern Turkey.

For six hundred years Turkey was at the heart of the Ottoman Empire, a superpower that brought Islam to the gates of Vienna and stretched to North Africa, the Persian Gulf, and the river Volga. Stone examines the reasons for the astonishing rise and the long decline of this world empire and how for its last hundred years it became the center of the Eastern Question, as the Great Powers argued over a regime in its death throes. Then, as now, the position of Turkey―a country balanced between two continents―provoked passionate debate. Stone concludes the book with a trenchant examination of the Turkish republic created in the aftermath of the First World War, where East and West, religion and secularism, and tradition and modernization are vibrant and sometimes conflicting elements of national identity. 11 illustrations

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Norman Stone is Director of the Turkish-Russian Centre at Bilkent University, Ankara. His previous books include The Eastern Front, 1914–1917 (winner of the Wolfson Prize), World War One: A Short History, and The Atlantic and Its Enemies: A Personal History of the Cold War.

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Book Description Thames Hudson Ltd, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Stone s irreverent narrative is a spur to read more about a forgotten power that is central to Europe s history . (The Financial Times). Arresting .authoritative and measured .Stone s Turkey breaks the popular mould and introduces its readers to a place beyond their presumptions . (The Sunday Times). A fanfare for modern Turkey and a vivid, provocative, often funny, always insightful account of how it came about. Stone pulls together his accomplishments as a philoturk, a philologist, controversialist and narrative historian to sweep his readers along a short crash course in Turkish origins, their history and current challenges. If you really don t know why a portrait of Ataturk hangs in almost every shop in Turkey, read this book . (The Guardian). No one else writes history he does . (Andrew Roberts). A virtuoso performance historian Norman Stone, who has lived and worked in the country since 1997, 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 the modern republic applying for EU membership in the twenty-first. It is an historical account of epic proportions, featuring rapacious leaders such as Genghis Khan and Tamerlane through the glories of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent to Kemal Ataturk, 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. Bookseller Inventory # CBL9780500290385

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