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Turkey: A Modern History

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  403 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
This revised edition builds upon and updates the twin themes of Turkey's continuing incorporation into the capitalist world and the modernization of state and society. It begins with the forging of closer links with Europe after the French Revolution, and the changing face of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. In his account of the period since 1950, Zürcher focuses o ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 424 pages
Published September 4th 2004 by I. B. Tauris (first published 1993)
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Merve
Jul 06, 2015 Merve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kapsamlı ve tarafsız tarih okumak isteyenler için ideal. Anlı şanlı, epik hikayeler dinlemeyi sevenlere tavsiye edilmez.
Turhan Dilmaç
18. yüzyıl sonundan 2000'li yılların başına kadarki uzun dönemi kapsama iddiası esere fazla gelmiş. Bu sebeple gerekçelendirilmemiş ve iyi işlenmemiş genellemeler oldukça fazla, ayrıca farklı dinamikleri olan siyasi, toplumsal ve ekonomik hadiseler aşırı basite indirgenerek yorumlanmak zorunda kalınmış.

Türk siyasi tarihine yeni başlayanlara ya da eski bilgilerinin üzerinden hızlıca geçmek isteyenlere tavsiye edilebilir belki. Tercüme başarılı.

Aynı yazarın yine İletişimden çıkan Milli Mücadelede
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Anonimo
Sep 29, 2013 Anonimo rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of history so I know a good history when I see one. This book is history as it ought to be written. It is not only 'modern' in the sense that it covers the modern era; it is modern in its approach to history, giving due weight to economic and social factors and citing scholarship on the cutting edge for each chapter. The idea of the book is that modern Turkey did not begin abruptly with Ataturk's republic but rather began sometime around 1800. The story of the decline of the Ottoman ...more
Rob Prince
Dec 06, 2010 Rob Prince rated it it was amazing
This book is better than the 3.48 rating given it by other readers. Much better. Replaces and is a distinct improvement over Bernard Lewis' old classic, The Emergence of Modern Turkey. If it is `not exciting' in the sense that it is straight political history, it contains a wealth of information of value, especially the parts about how Turkey got screwed through the Versailles Treaty at the end of World War One, the emergence of a new modern Turkish nationalism...As Turkey seems to be emerging a ...more
Emre Uysal
sonunda bitti!

köklerini 1800'li yıllardan alıp 2002'ye kadar gelen bir kitap.olabildiğince objektif ve rahat bir dili var, ağır değil.olabildiğince objektif diyorum çünkü ister istemez bazı konularda bakış açılarının etkisi görülebiliyor.ayrıma düştüğüm noktalar oldu yani.2002 sonrası için yazdığı senaryolar baya hoşuma gitti ama acaba hala aynı şeyleri düşünüyor mudur? :)

kitabın sonunda baya geniş bir kaynakça incelemesi var konuyla ilgili arkadaşların işine yarayacaktır.
Mohammad Zeidan
Sep 17, 2015 Mohammad Zeidan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أعتقد أنّه من أهمّ ما كتب عن تاريخ تركيا الحديث، الترجمة كانت ممتازة، وإن كانت بها بعض الهنات خاصة في عدم نقل بعض الكلمات التركية بالشكل الصحيح في بعض الأحيان رغم معرفة المترجم بالتركية على ما أعتقد، وهو مترجم وأستاذ قدي. لا شكّ أنّه من الكتب الأساسية التي لا بدّ لكل مهتمّ بالشأن التركي أن يقرأه.
يضع الكاتب في نهاية الكتاب ملحقًا لتقييم المراجع التي تناولت تاريخ تركيا الحديث، ليبين بطبيعة الحال أهمية الكتاب الذي قدّمه والداعي لكتابته لسدّ ثغرة موجودة في المراجع، ولكنّه أشاد بشكل خاص ونصح بقراءة
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Anders Hjortshøj
Jun 11, 2014 Anders Hjortshøj rated it really liked it
A solid and very well-researched guide to the emergence of the Turkish republic and its many transformations, taking great care to emphasize continuities with the late Ottoman period and pick apart the Kemalist mythology that passes for historiography. Zürcher is in particular excellent on party politics and manages to navigate more or less readably through endless jungles of intrigue and shifting allegiances. These aspects may be overemphasized ever so slightly to the detriment of social, cultu ...more
Tuncay Özdemir
İsmail Cem’in “Türkiye’de Geri Kalmışlığın Tarihi” isimli kitabını okuduktan sonra okumuş olmam çok daha iyi oldu. İki kitap da Türkiye’nin aynı dönemine odaklanıyor. Dolayısıyla benzer olaylara hangi yazarın hangi perspektiften baktığını görmek işi daha da ilginç kılıyor.

Kitap bence genel olarak fena değil. Türkiye’nin yakın tarihine kronolojik olarak güzel bir bakış sağlıyor. Okunması kolay, çevirisi oldukça başarılı.

Ancak Erik Jan Zürcher, tarihi olaylara her ne kadar objektiflikle yaklaştığ
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AskHistorians
This book, while lacking in primary source references in some spots, is the most expansive modern history of a country that I've ever read. It manages its events in a clear way, and connects the important events to the overall history of the middle east. Starts in the Late Ottoman Empire and brings us through today. Does a great job balancing social, political, cultural, and economic history, though the pieces added for later editions (the parts covering after ~1980) give less focus to social an ...more
Brian
Sep 22, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
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I read this in preparation for a trip to Turkey, and found it useful. Zürcher's writing style can be a bit dry in spots, but given the breadth of material he's trying to cover here, maybe that was at partially inevitable. I was almost wholly ignorant of Turkey and the history of the Ottoman Empire before reading this, and have to say Zürcher did a great job of chronicling the rise and fall of the Ottomans, and illustrating their clear antecedence (?) to the modern Turkish state. The last section ...more
Rob
Sep 01, 2013 Rob rated it really liked it
Hard to imagine anyone doing a better job of this and the text is almost clinical in its description of a country that has modernized dramatically over the past two centuries - a central thesis of the book avows that westernization and secularization were far from the work of Atatürk alone while, as ever, economic considerations are every bit the equal of political ones.

Not that Armenians requiring greater coverage of the 1915 massacre or Greek communities whose ancestors were expelled from Smyr
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Robert Morris
Dec 22, 2013 Robert Morris rated it liked it
This is an academic text. It is well written, and can be quite interesting, but its narrative is second to its thoroughness. I was already familiar with much of the history described, so I found it useful. If I were looking for an introduction to Modern Turkey, it might be better to look elsewhere.

The book was better about more distant time periods, where the historical interpretations are more settled. The material on the 18th century was especially interesting. The coverage got less convincin
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Gregory Meul
Voor wie op zoek is naar spanning en avontuur (zoals ikzelf) is dit boek allesbehalve een aanrader. Door de oneindig vele aaneenschakelingen van namen en gebeurtenissen heb ik me er echt door moeten worstelen, al ligt dat waarschijnlijk aan het feit dat politieke en economische geschiedenisboeken me minder kunnen boeien. Wel kan ik - met enige trots - zeggen dat ik dankzij het boek de staatsgreep van vorige week in het land perfect kan kaderen. Dus tevergeefs was het zeker niet. Op naar het volg ...more
Mohammed Aiyob
Feb 12, 2015 Mohammed Aiyob rated it really liked it
A truly good window on the modern history of Turkey, highlights the majority of the incidents that affected the way Turkey is involved politically on both the international and the regional level
Spencer Willardson
Feb 08, 2016 Spencer Willardson rated it really liked it
A solid history of Turkey from the mid 18th century on. Good description of the birth of the modern Turkish state, and politics up to the early 2000s.
Burak
Feb 04, 2014 Burak rated it it was amazing
One of the best books you can read about the history of Turkey.
Yunus Yunustur
Sep 24, 2014 Yunus Yunustur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
güzelmi güzel.okumadan geçmeyin.
Lorientas
Jul 31, 2014 Lorientas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a very interesting period for Turks and Europeans so I had a positive bias before starting and It really satisfied my curiosity. It is a very brief book and I am sure that there are very detailed books for the same period. However it is a good place to start and it gives a good idea about the roots of current political struggles of Turkey.

It was a fairly objective book and I did not feel any biased presentation. Obviously this is my subjective judgment but I can easily say that writer tri
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Simon Woell
Sep 22, 2013 Simon Woell rated it really liked it
digs deeper in turkeys history than most other books on the issue as it starts with the end of the 18th century. the description of the ottoman empire is very good and easily readable for a broader audiance, so is the part about modern turkey which gives me as a political scientist some headache. the concept of a book that describes 250 years of history must be somehow vague, but it gives a perfect overview for starting students and everyone else interested.
htanzil
Aug 03, 2010 htanzil marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Buku karya Zucher ini merupakan buku teks yang sangat tepat bagi para akademisi yang hendak menyelami kajian mengenai Turki. Selain itu buku ii merupakan baha yang berharga bagi mereka yang mencari sebuah keterpaduan interpretasi mengenai sejarah Turki yang disampaikan dngen begitu memikat dan koprehensif.. Buku ini benar-benar sebuah referensi tentang Turki.

-Lawrance Tel, International Affairs
Eser Mahmut
Jul 19, 2016 Eser Mahmut rated it really liked it
Eksiklikleri oldukça fazla. İnsan, okurken iki olay arasında bağlantılar kuruyor gel gelelim mantık hatasına düştüğünü anlıyor ileri okumalarda. Bir şeyin diğer şeyden önce olması onun sebebi olduğu anlamına gelmiyor, can sıkıcı şekilde.

Bunlara rağmen tasnif ve tarafsızlığıyla okunmaya değer.

"Türkiye'de en karanlık dönem bugüne en yakın dönemdir."
Grof
Oct 24, 2014 Grof rated it it was amazing
Great book! A bit lacking in some informations and the end was a bit inconclusive, but overally an awesome book in the modern history of Turkey
Margaret Carmel
Mar 18, 2014 Margaret Carmel rated it liked it
As a middle eastern studies student, this area of the world is very interesting to me. While I learned a great deal, especially about WW1s affect on the Ottoman Empire, i wouldn't say this was a riveting read. The modern section got dry with all of the parties and economics.

I'm definitely keeping this as a reference. Great resource!
Ruhat alp
Aug 30, 2012 Ruhat alp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernard Lewis'in "Modern Türkiyenin Doğuşu" isimli; İlber ortaylı'nın ise "İmparatorluğun en uzun Yüzyılı" isimli kitaplarını aşmaya çalışan,fakat bence aşamayan bir kitap.Yeni bir yaklaşım özellikle kemalizme resmi ideoloji dışında yaklaşmaya çalışması,tek adam kültünü kısmen eleştirmesi kitabın kendine has özelliklerinden.
Âme
Aug 01, 2013 Âme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Özellikle yakın dönem Türkiye tarihiyle ilgili milliyetçi tarih yazımından istifrağ hissi gelmeye başlamıştı ki sağolsunlar Boğaziçi'nde Jan Zürcher'le verdiler antidotu. Sonrası geldi zaten.
Pinar
Feb 27, 2014 Pinar rated it it was amazing
Academic text without cross reference or descriptive footnotes. This book is an excellent reference to whom wants to learn last era of Ottoman history and Turkish era since 1990s.
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Erik-Jan Zürcher
A Turkologist and professor at Leiden University with expertise in Turkish languages and cultures, and focused on "the period of transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey."

His father, Erik Zurcher, was a sinologist specializing in the religions of China.
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