History of Modern Turkey

Term: SPRING 2013

Subject Code: GHIS

Course Number: 5178

This course explores the historical development of the Turkish Republic, which emerged after World War I in conflict and continuity with the Ottoman Empire. After exploring the Ottoman background and legacy, we will study the emergence of new military, bureaucratic and commercial elites who combined forces to create the Turkish Republic, and carry out the series of political, economic and cultural reforms known as "Kemalism." We will also evaluate stages of political, economic and cultural development during the period of multi-party politics following World War II. Finally, we will assess Turkey's role in global politics, as a member of NATO and an American ally, and as a growing force in Eurasia. This course will also focus on historiography and methods in the study of Turkish history.

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