The definitive biography of the father of modern Turkey, a powerful figure in the still-unfolding drama of the Middle East.
With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War came the emergence of new nations, chief among them Turkey itself. It was the creation of one man, the soldier-statesman Mustafa Kemal, who dragged his country from the Middle Ages t...more
- defeated a super-power
- established themsleves a superior military tactician
- removed a corrupt imperial power
- revitalised education and the language
- reformed the writing system by changing scripts
- replaced a religon-based legal system with a modern secular constitution and set of laws
- revived national, civic and architectural pride
- negotiated the peaceful transfer of the popoulations of two major regions without further loss of life
- established a rep ...more
Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, who built a modern nation out of a medieval backwater by what amounted to sheer force of will, was a truly amazing giant of history.
Kinross clearly has a great admiration for the man, and I worried at first that the text would be little more than hero worship. But he isn't afraid to show that Ataturk, while being brilliant, progressive ...more
The historical method is also out of date as there is little use of sources and instead ...more
As a foreigner – we Brits have to admit ...more
Patrick Kinross’ narration is insightful and reads like a story; very different from a dry historical text presenting fact after fact. He draws a rich picture of the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in terms of the changing political, religious and social landscape of his country in the first quarter of the 20th century. Atatürk literally created the nation of Turkey from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire as World War 1 re-drew th ...more
Then, after reading the last few chapters, I found out quite a negative portrait of Atatürk, a tenacious man who easily holds grudge on others, a lonely man ...more
Very detailed and old-fashioned, this epic history captures the strange autocratic personality of Kemal Ataturk. Excellent insight into a capricious and thoughtful leader, this is traditional historical narrative at its best.
An autobiography of the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founder of the republic of Turkey, a history of the last half century of the Ottoman empire and first two decades of the Turkish Republic.
The book is a journey starting with the birth of Mustafa Kemal in late Ottoman Salonica going through his bringing up, his Ottoman military career, war of independence, establishment of the republic .. ending on his deathbed in Dolmabahçe palace Istanbul November 1 ...more
He studied at the University of Oxford.
In 1938, he married Angela Mary Culme-Seymour, daughter of George Culme-Seymour and Janet (née Orr-Ewing) and former wife of the artist John Spencer-Churchill. They were divorced in ...more