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Kemalist Turkey and the Middle East

Kemalist Turkey and the Middle East
International Relations in the Interwar Period


  • Author: Amit Bein, Clemson University, South Carolina
  • Date Published: March 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316647981

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  • To better understand the lasting legacy of international relations in the post-Ottoman Middle East, we must first re-examine Turkey's engagement with the region during the interwar period. Long assumed to be a period of deliberate disengagement and ruptured ties between Turkey and its neighbours, Amit Bein instead argues that in the volatile 1930s, Turkey was in fact perceived as taking steps towards increasing its regional prominence. Bein examines the unstable situation along Turkey's Middle Eastern borders, the bilateral diplomatic relations Ankara established with fledgling governments in the region, grand plans for transforming Turkey into a major transit hub for Middle Eastern and Eurasian transportation and trade, and Ankara's effort to enhance its image as a model for modernization of non-Western societies. Through this, he offers a fresh, enlightening perspective on the Kemalist legacy that still resonates in the modern politics of the region today.

    • Offers readers a revised view of regional dynamics in the history of the Modern Middle East, moving away from overly Eurocentric approaches to the period
    • Shows readers how Kemalist Turkey's international relations in the interwar period has had a lasting influence on the region's current politics
    • Corrects misconceptions regarding Turkey's engagement with the Middle East in the early post-Ottoman period, offering readers an accurate historical perspective
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    'Bein's extensive and insightful research, written in a vivid and enticing style is a 'must read' for everyone interested in the Middle East, Turkey and the role of the colonial powers, especially Britain, in the area.' Çiğdem Balım, Journal of Anglo-Turkish Relations

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316647981
    • length: 305 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 8 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of maps
    1. Not so distant neighbor
    2. Degrees of separation
    3. Ties that bind
    4. Great expectations
    5. The Turkish model
    6. Strolling through Instanbul
    7. A distant neighbor

  • Author

    Amit Bein, Clemson University, South Carolina
    Amit Bein is Associate Professor of Middle East History at Clemson University, South Carolina. During his Ph.D. at Princeton University, New Jersey, he won a grant from the Institute of Turkish Studies, Washington, DC. His previous publications include Ottoman Ulema, Turkish Republic: Agents of Change and Guardians of Tradition (2011).

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