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1453
Roger Crowley
1401301916
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
On May 29, 1453, Ottoman forces, under the leadership of Mehmet II, concluded their long and bloody siege of Constantinople by storming the city and overtaking it. According to Crowley, who works in publishing in England;the Ottoman conquest of the city brought to an end centuries of conflict between the Byzantine Empire and Islam. In overwhelming detail and colorless prose, Crowley chronicles the story of an ancient city and its attraction to members of two major religions. Before Mehmet's conquest, Constantinople had faced various unsuccessful sieges, and Crowley faithfully records them. The most destructive events came between 1341 and 1371, when earthquakes and the Black Death devastated the city, turning it into a forlorn series of villages. Although the Byzantine capital recovered enough of its former glory...


Traveller's History of Turkey
Richard Stoneman
1566566207
October 2005
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Stoneman gives a spare but lively overview of the country that stands as the historic meeting place of East and West. He concisely reviews Turkey's past history, from prehistoric Anatolia, the Hittite age, the Persian conquest, the rule of Alexander the Great, the impact of Rome, the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and the Ataturk years, to modern-day Turkey. The book helps the visitor make sense of the country against the background of its diverse heritage. Appended are a chronology of major events and battles; a list of native rulers; recommended further reading; and a gazetteer, which is cross-referenced to the main text and highlights sites, towns, and places of historical significance. Illustrated with maps and line drawings, this will be a valuable companion for visitors seeking to learn about this fascinating...


Emergence of Modern Turkey
Bernard W. Lewis
0195134605
September 2001
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Written by renowned scholar Bernard Lewis, The Emergence of Modern Turkey has established itself as the preferred one-volume history of modern Turkey. It covers the emergence of Turkey over two centuries, from the decline and collapse of the Ottoman Empire up to the present day. In a new
chapter, Lewis discusses the origins of his book in the Cold War era and the events that have taken place since its first publication in 1961. This new edition addresses Turkey's emergence as a decidedly Western-oriented power despite internal opposition from neutralists and Islamic fundamentalists.
It examines such issues as Turkey's inclusion in NATO and application to the European Union, and its involvement with the politics of the Middle East. Authoritative and insightful, The Emergence of Modern Turkey remains the classic...


Sons of the Conquerors
Hugh Hope
1585676411
June 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Delving deep into a world most westerners are shamefully ignorant of, this highly readable collection of essays about Turkic people from Virginia to Xinjiang, China, buzzes with life and personality even as it explains topics as obscure as the inner workings of Azerbaijani politics. Pope, who also wrote (with Nicole Pope) Turkey Unveiled and is the Istanbul correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has a knack for storytelling and an inexhaustible store of novelistic details-the pop of a weld torch, for example, as an Istanbul ironworker explains that UFOs are proof that Americans have djinns (evil spirits) instead of souls. The only real flaw in this appealing, affectionate portrait of the Turkic world (a term that includes all Turkish speakers, not only those who live in Turkey) is that all this vivid...


Istanbul: Memories and the City
Orhan Pamuk
1400040957
June 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Turkish novelist Pamuk (Snow) presents a breathtaking portrait of a city, an elegy for a dead civilization and a meditation on life's complicated intimacies. The author, born in 1952 into a rapidly fading bourgeois family in Istanbul, spins a masterful tale, moving from his fractured extended family, all living in a communal apartment building, out into the city and encompassing the entire Ottoman Empire. Pamuk sees the slow collapse of the once powerful empire hanging like a pall over the city and its citizens. Central to many Istanbul residents' character is the concept of hüzün (melancholy). Istanbul's hüzün, Pamuk writes, "is a way of looking at life that... is ultimately as life affirming as it is negating." His world apparently in permanent decline, Pamuk revels in the darkness and decay...


Turks
Filiz Cagman
1903973562
Mar 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This magnificent book accompanies a spectacular exhibition devoted to the artistic and cultural riches of the Turkic-speaking peoples. Essays by leading scholars trace Turkic history and cultural development, while works of art ranging from painting and sculpture to textiles, metalwork, and ceramics reflect the artistic influences that the Turks assimilated, from their early nomadic wanderings to the glories produced during the reign of Süleyman the Magnificent. The book takes the reader on a breathtaking journey from the eastern border of modern China to the Balkans in the west.

Illustrated with more than 500 works, Turks is a landmark publication. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the turbulent but vivid history of the Turkic-speaking peoples. AUTHOR BIO: Filiz Çagman is...


The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response [BARGAIN PRICE]
Peter Balakian
B0002TX4SO
October 1, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Now faded from memory in the shadow of the Holocaust, the Turkish slaughter of more than a million Armenians in 1915-1916 was a virtual template for the 20th-century horrors that followed, and much of what Balakian describes so powerfully is now chillingly familiar: inhuman brutality; mass deportations of helpless civilians (often in overcrowded railroad boxcars); headlines screaming of "systematic race extermination"; activists and intellectuals calling for intervention; and, most devastatingly, the lack of political will in the West to intervene to stop the slaughter. Balakian exposes the roots of the genocide in the "total war" atmosphere of WWI, which combusted with the pan-Turkish nationalism of the Young Turk government, inflamed Muslim rage against "infidel" Armenian Christians, and a long-simmering...


Byzantine Monuments of Istanbul
John Freely, Ahmet S. ¿akmak
0521772575
March 15, 2004
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Review
'A beautifully presented book.' Church Building
'... perhaps the best survey ever written for the general reader - a genuine triumph ...'. Cornucopia
'... brings together a useful range of illustrations. Its accessibility makes it a useful point-of-departure for those interested in the history and monuments of undoubtedly one of the world's greatest cities.' Minerva

Book Description
This book is about the Byzantine monuments of Istanbul, most notably, Haghia Sophia. The remains of the land and sea walls, the Hippodrome, imperial palaces, commemorative columns, reservoirs and cisterns, an aqueduct, a triumphal archway, a fortified port, and twenty churches are also described in chronological order in the context of their times. These "monuments" are viewed in relationship to the...


Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey
Anastasia M. Ashman (Editor)
1580051553
March 2006
Paperback
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Publishing Trends, June 2005, an intelligence newsletter for the American publishing industry
"Impressive. [These women] lead the way in reconciling the many conflicts and misunderstandings between east and west."

Tim Severin, world explorer, author and filmmaker who has followed in the footsteps of historic adventurers like Marco Polo and Sinbad the Sailor, and a regular contributor to National Geographic
"Absolutely riveting. These memoirs offer much more than glimpses of domestic Turkey. Men should read them and be informed."

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Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
David Fromkin
0805068848
October 2001
Paperback
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Jack Miles, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Wonderful . . . No book published in recent years has more lasting relevance to our understanding of the Middle East."

Review
"Wonderful...No book published in recent years has more lasting relevance to our understanding of the Middle East."-Jack Miles, Los Angeles Book Review

"Extraordinarily ambitious, provocative and vividly written...Fromkin unfolds a gripping tale of diplomatic double-dealing, military incompetence and political upheaval."-Reid Beddow, Washington Post Book World

"Ambitious and splendid...An epic tale of ruin and disillusion...of great men, their large deeds and even larger follies."-Fouad Ajami, The Wall Street Journal


The Goddess and the Bull : Catalhoyuk: An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization
Michael Balter
0743243609
December 28, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Thousands of years before the pyramids were built in Egypt and the Trojan War was fought, a great civilization arose on the Anatolian plains. The Goddess and the Bull details the dramatic quest by archaeologists to unearth the buried secrets of human cultural evolution at this huge, spectacularly well-preserved 9,500-year-old village in Turkey. Here lie the origins of modern society -- the dawn of art, architecture, religion, family -- even the first tangible evidence of human self-awareness, the world's oldest mirrors. Some archaeologists have claimed that the Mother Goddess was first worshipped at Çatalhöyük, which is now a site of pilgrimage for Goddess worshippers from all over the world. The excavations here have yielded the seeds of the Neolithic Revolution, when prehistoric humans first abandoned...


The Turks Today
Andrew Mango
1585676152
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Istanbul-born, British-based Mango (Atatürk) offers an insightful, sympathetic portrait of recent Turkish history. The first third of the book discusses the growth of the Turkish state after Atatürk's death in 1938, with a fitful spread of democracy, clashes with Greece and the departure of Istanbul's Greek community. Economic and social conflict from 1960 to 1980 was subsequently "contained" by a military-driven constitution and rapprochement with Europe. A battle over the logo of the mayoralty of Ankara, the capital, illustrates the recent negotiations between Islamists and secularists. Istanbul, whose "infrastructure does not match its size," is growing as a regional base. In impoverished, traditionalist eastern Turkey, "the Third World has not been banished," though Mango argues that integration...


The Kurds : A People in Search of Their Homeland
Kevin McKiernan
0312325460
March 7, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The world's largest ethnic group without a state of their own, the Kurds saw their historic lands divided by colonial powers early in the last century, and their recent history at the hands of the Turkish, Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian governments has been dismal. In this groundbreaking book, experienced war reporter McKiernan traces the path of the Kurds since 1975. It's a journey planted in realpolitik and signposted by poverty, genocide, terrorism, war and, finally, maybe, liberation. As McKiernan recounts his travels among the Kurds, a picture emerges of a diverse and disconnected people, riven by internal disputes even as they are set upon by rapacious foreign rulers. McKiernan's engrossing tale—told in the first person—brings to life a population that, despite its geopolitical...


Clash of the Carriers: The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II
Barrett Tillman
0451216709
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Author of specialty histories about U.S. Navy planes of the Pacific War, Tillman here writes up the war's largest carrier--versus--carrier battle. Exacting in his attention to data about planes and weapons, Tillman's narrative of the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944 remains sufficiently straightforward to follow through the fury of dogfights and bombing attacks. Briefing readers about the strategic precipitator for the battle, the American capture of the Mariana Islands, Tillman explains what the Japanese navy proposed to do about it. Having rebuilt its naval air force after the Midway disaster, the Japanese retained one technical advantage: superior aircraft range. Unfortunately for them, the arsenal of democracy had built a superior fighter plane since Midway: the Hellcat, which in this battle destroyed every...


Turkey
Feroz Ahmad
1851682414
Jan 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This insightful history of Turkey tells the story of a country caught between the ideologies of East and West.


The Kemalists
Muammer Kaylan
1591022827
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Poised geographically between Europe and Asia, Turkey also balances precariously between the poles of Western secularism and Islamic fundamentalism, at least according to longtime journalist Kaylan, a former editor-in-chief of Turkey's major daily, Hürriyet. This memoir cum history traces his long and colorful career in journalism, as well as his experiences with the secular education instituted by the westernizing regime of Kemal Atatürk, who helped found the Republic of Turkey in 1923. Kaylan sets out to explain to Western readers the importance of the Kemalist reform movement-which after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire sought to radically transform Turkish society along European lines-and to argue how, beginning in the 1950s, widespread corruption and (ironically) the flowering of political...


Ataturk: The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey
Andrew Mango
158567334X
August 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1923, reports Mango, a satirical magazine ran a cartoon showing the three faces of Turkey--the nation, the assembly and the government. All were identical: the features were those of Mustafa Kemal (1881-1938), an army officer who had salvaged the core of defeated Turkey after the 1914-1918 war to create a secular republic. A decade later, still trying to structure an identity for what remained of the polyglot, ramshackle Ottoman Empire, he decreed--as virtual dictator of a nation now largely populated by Muslims--that inhabitants had to take surnames. For himself, he adopted Ataturk, literally Father Turk. Mango (a retired BBC expert on Turkey and author of three previous books on the country) gives this man, one of the least-known nation-builders of the last century, full treatment, from his earliest days to...


Halide's Gift
Frances Kazan
0641664141

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Turkey Unveiled
Nicole Pope
1585675814
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Turkey, write journalists Nicole and Hugh Pope in this well-made narrative history, is a land that defies easy categorization, a melange of elements "European, Western, Eastern, Islamic, fascistic, anarchic" that has always been something of an enigma to outsiders. After decades of stagnation, it is now emerging as a nation of central importance in Eurasian geopolitics, as it was in the days of the Ottoman Empire. The authors describe the growth of the modern Turkish state in the aftermath of World War I, when that empire, defeated by the Allied powers, splintered into some 30 independent states. Led by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his so-called Young Turks, the postwar state sought to curb the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, to introduce some measure of democracy into a formerly autocratic system, and to secure a place...


Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds
Stephen Kinzer
0374528667
September 4, 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A passionate love for the Turkish people and an optimism that its ruling class can complete Turkey's transformation into a Western-style democracy mark Kinzer's reflections on a country that sits geographically and culturally at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. Kinzer, the former New York Times Istanbul bureau chief, gives a concise introduction to Turkey: Kemal Ataterk's post-WWI establishment of the modern secular Turkish state; the odd makeup of contemporary society, in which the military enforces Ataterk's reforms. In stylized but substantive prose, he devotes chapters to the problems he sees plaguing Turkish society: Islamic fundamentalism, frictions regarding the large Kurdish minority and the lack of democratic freedoms. Kinzer's commonsense, if naeve, solution: the ruling military elite, which...


Defeat at Gallipolli, 1915-16
Tim Coates
0117024554
Feb 2001
Paperback
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Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House Series #27)
Mary Pope Osborne
0375806156
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet the Pilgrims as well as Squanto, a Native American who helped them. The story offers an age-appropriate, in-depth picture of what life was really like for early settlers, as well as the usual Magic Tree House adventure and excitement.

Card catalog description
Jack and Annie travel in their magic treehouse to the year 1621, where they celebrate the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in the New Plymouth Colony.

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The Great Game of Genocide : Imperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians
Donald Bloxham
0199273561
June 30, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Great Game of Genocide addresses the origins, development and aftermath of the Armenian genocide in a wide-ranging reappraisal based on primary and secondary sources from all the major parties involved. Rejecting the determinism of many influential studies, and discarding polemics on all
sides, it founds its interpretation of the genocide in the interaction between the Ottoman empire in its decades of terminal decline, the self-interested policies of the European imperial powers, and the agenda of some Armenian nationalists in and beyond Ottoman territory. Particular attention is
paid to the international context of the process of ethnic polarization that culminated in the massive destruction of 1912-23, and especially the obliteration of the Armenian community in 1915-16.

The opening chapters of the...


The Fall of Constantinople 1453 (Canto)
Steven Runciman
0521398320
September 13, 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
While their victory ensured the Turks' survival, the conquest of Constantinople marked the end of Byzantine civilization for the Greeks, by triggering the scholarly exodus that caused an influx of Classical studies into the European Renaissance.

Review
'Once again Sir Steven Runciman demonstrates his mastery of historical narrative ... an excellent tale, full of suspense and pathos ... He tells the story and, as always, tells it very elegantly.' History

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Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir
Peter Balakian
0767902548
May 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
The author of four volumes of verse, Peter Balakian writes with the precision of a poet and the lyricism of a privileged suburban child in 1950s New Jersey. He is shadowed by his relatives' carefully guarded memories of past trauma: the brutal Turkish extermination in 1915 of more than a million Armenians, including most of his maternal grandmother's family. Balakian seamlessly interweaves personal and historical material to depict one young man's reclamation of his heritage and to scathingly indict the political forces that conspired to sweep under the rug the 20th century's first genocide.

From School Library Journal
A poetic reminiscence of growing up in the '60s takes a sharp turn as the author discovers and explores his family's painful memories of the Armenian genocide in...


Istanbul
John Freely
0140244611
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
"Surrounded by a garland of waters" on the narrow straits of the Bosporus dividing Europe and Asia, Istanbul--formerly known as Constantinople--has been an unrivaled locus of cultural exchange since its beginnings as the Greek colony Byzantium. In its more than twenty-six centuries of existence the city has survived countless natural and political catastrophes, foreign conquests, and dynastic upheavals, enduring fantastic changes in religion, language, political status, and name. Despite these onslaughts of time, a vibrant local character and spirit have abided. This fascinating history of the city from its foundation to the present is a guide for the curious traveler as well as an evocation of an illustrious past.
Also included is a comprehensive gazetteer of all major monuments and museums

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