Turkey: A Short History (Paperback)
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Turkey: A Short History (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 10/08/2017
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Renowned for his brief yet brilliant histories of the two world wars, Stone, a resident of Turkey for over 20 years, provides a lucid and sprightly overview of ten centuries of Anatolian history. From the arrival of the Seljuks through the heyday of the Ottoman Empire to today’s controversial political regime, this is a triumph of concision and lightly worn learning.

From the eminent historian Norman Stone, who has lived and worked in the country since 1997, comes 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 today’s thriving republic.

It is an historical account of epic proportions, featuring rapacious leaders such as Genghis Khan and Tamerlane through the glories of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent to Kemal Atatürk, 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. 

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500292990
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm
Edition: Revised Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A fanfare for modern Turkey and a vivid, provocative, often funny, always insightful account of how it came about ... If you really don't know why a portrait of Ataturk hangs in almost every shop in Turkey, read this book' - Guardian

'Arresting ... Stone's Turkey breaks the popular mould and introduces its readers to a place beyond their presumptions' - Sunday Times

'Absolutely splendid ... pithy, straightforward, superbly argued' - Country Life

'Constantly exhilarating .... However many histories of Turkey you have read, you will never have read one as incisive, combative and sure-footed as this one' - Cornucopia

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“Turkey”

Interesting book on the country where east asia meets west europe - will be interesting if Turkey gains EU membership in the future if can guarantee that illegals and jihadists and Kurdish PKK terrorists dont get... More

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“Turkey at the cross roads- to coin a cliche”

One of the most over-used expressions to describe Turkey is that it is the cross-roads of Europe and Asia with of course much justification geographically. It is now, very much, at a political cross-roads. From years... More

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