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Turkey: A Modern History

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  232 ratings  ·  16 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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Rob Prince
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
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
Anders Hjortshøj
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
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
Robert Morris
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
One of the best books you can read about the history of Turkey.
Yunus Yunustur
güzelmi güzel.okumadan geçmeyin.
Simon Woell
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Jan 12, 2010 Huseyin added it
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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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