This examination is Kinzer's report on the truth about a nation of contradictions, poised between Europe and Asia, between the glories of its Ottoman past and its hopes for a democratic future. His compelling book shows why Turkey could become "the most audaciously successful nation of the twenty-first century." Index.This examination is Kinzer's report on the truth about a nation of contradictions, poised between Europe and Asia, between the glories of its Ottoman past and its hopes for a democratic future. His compelling book shows why Turkey could become "the most audaciously successful nation of the twenty-first century." Index.Read Less
New in New jacket. "Drawing on its unique geography, history, and politics, this study of Turkey considers its prospects for democratic rule and its place among nations in the 21st century. Kinzer travels across the land, interviews its many peoples, and considers the key issues confronting Turkey: the role of its military; the secular and religious traditions; and the politics and human rights issues in relation to joining the European Union. Arguing that Turkey is the most "audacious nation of the twenty-first century" the author explores the unrealized potential of this nation--once the seat of a great empire--sandwiched neatly between Europe and Asia. Offers an intimate report on Turkey today, pulling aside the veil that has hidden it from the outside world. Traces its development into a modern state, and outlines the great dilemmas it now faces. Turkey is poised between Europe and Asia, caught between the glories of its Ottoman past and its hopes for a democratic future, between the traditional power of its army and the needs of its impatient citizens, between Muslim traditions and secular expectations. " 252p. index.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-06-11 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 Atat?rk's post-WWI establishment of the modern secular Turkish state; the odd makeup of contemporary society, in which the military enforces Atat?rk'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 na?ve, solution: the ruling military elite, which takes power when it feels Turkey is threatened, must follow the modernizing path of Atat?rk whom Kinzer obviously admires a step further and increase human rights and press freedoms. Kinzer's journalistic eye serves him well as he goes beyond the political, vividly describing, for instance, the importance and allure of the narghile salon, where Turks smoke water pipes. Here, as elsewhere, Kinzer drops his journalist veneer and gets personal, explaining that he enjoys the salons in part "because the sensation of smoking a water pipe is so seductive and satisfying." Readers who want a one-volume guide to this fascinating country need look no further. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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