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Turkey Book Talk episode #121  –  Richard Antaramian, assistant professor of history at the University of Southern California, on his book “Brokers of Faith, Brokers of Empire: Armenians and the Politics of Reform in the Ottoman Empire” (Stanford University Press).

The book examines the Armenian community’s experiences with the Ottoman Empire’s “Tanzimat” modernising reforms of the mid-19th century.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #116  –  Ünver Rüstem, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, on “Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul” (Princeton University Press).

The book examines the adoption of Baroque and rococo styles in Istanbul mosques between 1740 and 1800, looking at how this fits into – or perhaps questions – popular ideas of Ottoman decline and Western influence.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #114  –  Curators Şeyda Çetin and Ebru Esra Satıcı discuss Istanbul art gallery Meşher’s exhibition on the works of little-known Ukrainian painter Alexis Gritchenko (1883-1977).

Gritchenko produced over 600 works – watercolours, oil paintings and sketches – during a two-year stay from 1919 to 1921 in occupied Istanbul, to which thousands of White Russians fled after the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

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The exhibition opened in February but has been suspended due to Covid-19. However, many of the works – as well as audio and text material – can be viewed at Meşher’s website and its Instagram and Facebook accounts.

There is also a video discussing/touring the exhibition (in Turkish)

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Turkey Book Talk episode #112  –  Ryan Gingeras, professor of history at the Naval Postgraduate School in the US, on his book “Eternal Dawn: Turkey in the Age of Atatürk” (Oxford University Press).

This is his sixth and most ambitious book on the late Ottoman and early republican period, examining the conditions and paradoxes behind the rise and consecration of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from the First World War, through the Turkish war of independence, and to his death in 1938.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #110  –  Onur İşçi, assistant professor at Ankara’s Bilkent University and director of its Centre for Russian Studies, on “Turkey and the Soviet Union during World War II: Diplomacy, Discord and International Relations” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).

The book counter-intuitively argues that the breakdown in Turkey-Soviet relations the Second World War and at the start of the Cold War was an anomaly in a 20th century in which Turkey and Russia in fact cooperated widely.

We also take the opportunity to address present-day Ankara-Moscow ties and the situation in Syria.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #109  –  Ayşe Zarakol, reader in international relations at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, on “After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West” (Cambridge University Press).

The book was published in English in 2011, and its second Turkish edition has just come out. It examines how a sense of “stigma” has dogged the way modern Turkey engages with the Western-led international order, as well as comparable cases of Japan and Russia.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #104  –  Caner Yelbaşı, researcher in history at Mardin Artuklu University, on “The Circassians in Turkey: War, Violence and Nationalism from the Ottomans to Atatürk” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).

The book describes the course of Circassians in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey after they were driven from their north Caucasus homeland by the Russian Empire in the 19th century.

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Here’s our earlier episode from February 2017: Benjamin Fortna on Eşref Kuşçubaşı, late Ottoman insurgent and special agent

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Turkey Book Talk episode #100  –  Holly Shissler, associate professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish History at the University of Chicago, on the life and work of Ahmet Mithat Efendi (1844-1912).

Ahmet Mithat is among the most important men of letters in the late Ottoman era. The publisher of the newspaper Tercuman-i Hakikat, he was also the author of many fictional works including Felatun Bey and Rakim Efendi, which appeared in an English translation from Syracuse University Press in 2016, and which Shissler wrote an afterword for.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #98  –  Nur Deriş on the extraordinary life of journalist Sabiha Sertel (1895-1968).

Deriş is co-editor of “The Struggle for Modern Turkey: Justice, Activism and a Revolutionary Female Journalist” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).

The volume is the first ever appearance in English of Sertel’s autobiography “Roman Gibi” (Like a Novel), a fascinating window into an era covering the war of independence and Turkey’s entire single-party period until 1950.

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This book is one of over 400 books in IB Tauris/Bloomsbury’s Turkey/Ottoman history category, which you can get a 35% discount on if you sign up to become a Turkey Book Talk member. Members also get English and Turkish transcripts of every interview upon publication, transcripts of the entire archive of 90+ episodes, and an archive of 231 reviews written by myself covering Turkish and international fiction, history, journalism and politics.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #95  –  Mehmet Fatih Uslu, faculty member in the Turkish Language and Literature Department at Istanbul Şehir University, on the pleasures and challenges of translating from Armenian into Turkish.

Uslu has translated a number of significant texts in recent years, including by the great early 20th century Istanbul Armenian feminist Zabel Yesayan and the 19th century playwright Hagop Baronyan.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #94 – Yağmur Karakaya, PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Minnesota, talks about her research on the rise of Ottoman nostalgia in contemporary Turkish politics and popular culture.

Karakaya is the author of “The Conquest of Hearts: The central role of Ottoman nostalgia within contemporary Turkish populism”, published in November 2018 in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #93 – Haris Theodorelis-Rigas on Skarlatos Byzantios’ “Constantinople” (Istos), a monumental social and historical description of Istanbul written in the mid-19th century.

Haris is a Latin and Classical Greek instructor at Koç University and translator of the first volume of this work, which Byzantios wrote from 1851 to 1869. He is also one of the founders of Istos, a publishing house focusing on the Greek Orthodox heritage of Istanbul and Anatolia.

The conversation discusses Byzantios’ life and work, as well as the work of Istos.

Apologies for the delay in posting, I have been on holiday!

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