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The Orientalist by Tom Reiss
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Ağrı'nın Derinliği by Ece Temelkuran
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Obviously I read the English translation of this (Deep Mountain). Thoughtful dispatches from a liberal Turkish journalist from reporting trips to Armenia and Armenian diaspora communities in Europe and the U.S.
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A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
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Incredibly erudite teenaged boy walks across Europe in 1933. The parts where he hangs out in German beer halls and talks to Nazis and those who fear Nazis are fascinating. The parts where he attempts (lengthy) amateur art history in many, many cathed...more
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Ataturk by M. Şükrü Hanioğlu
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Pretty much what the title says. Makes the case that Ataturk's ideas weren't that original and describes how he picked them up from the intellectual movements at the time.
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The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar
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May be the only novel I've read where the translator's note is more interesting than the book itself.
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Rebel Land by Christopher De Bellaigue
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Deep investigation of the complex history of southeastern Turkey through the lens of one town and how the various ethnic conflicts of the last century are experienced there today. Sections on Armenians and Kurds are great, the section on the Alevis l...more
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The Balkans by Mark Mazower
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At times seems a bit overly concerned with correcting popular misconceptions, emphasizing the benevolence of Ottoman rule and the interethnic harmony that has prevailed in the Balkans for most of its history. That's a useful corrective, I got the sen...more
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Salonica, City of Ghosts by Mark Mazower
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Probably of limited interest to most people, but as a companion on a trip to Thessaloniki it's great, illuminating the unique role the city played in the Ottoman Empire.
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The Enemy at the Gate by Andrew Wheatcroft
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First part is great, setting the stage with compelling overviews of how Ottomans and Habsburgs thought and ruled and fought. But (for me) then gets bogged down in lengthy descriptions of battles.
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