Turkey’s modern history has been shaped by its society and its institutions. In this fourth volume of The Cambridge History of Turkey a team of some of the most distinguished scholars of modern Turkey have come together to explore the interaction between these two aspects of Turkish modernization. The volume begins in the nineteenth century and traces the historical background through the reforms of the late Ottoman Empire, the period of the Young Turks, the War of Independence and the founding of the Ataturk’s Republic. Thereafter, the volume focuses on the Republican period to consider a range of themes including political ideology, economic development, the military, migration, Kurdish nationalism, the rise of Islamism, and women’s struggle for empowerment. The volume concludes with chapters on art and architecture, literature, and a brief history of Istanbul.
Through 100 texts and 30 images, _Mediterranean Passages_ advocates for a re-reading of the sea as a contact zone and a space of encounter and conversion that tempers the dominance of the nation-state. The volume argues for a transcultural and networked approach to the understanding of religious and secular communities that are often presented monolithically and as being mutually exclusive. The primary sources assembled here cover three millenia, and the conceptual framework employed by editors cooke, Göknar, and Parker is informed by the works of Braudel, Goitein, Abu Lafia, Horden & Purcell, Braudel, and others.