Atatürk: Father of the Republic of Turkey (Hardcover)

Atatürk: Father of the Republic of Turkey By George W. Gawrych Cover Image

Atatürk: Father of the Republic of Turkey (Hardcover)


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Mustafa Kemal Atat rk was one of the most significant political leaders of the twentieth century. He rose from obscure origins to become the founder of the new Republic of Turkey out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire and go on to radically transform Turkish society. How should one understand Atat rk and his legacy?
In this book, George Gawrych studies Atat rk's career in detail, showing how Atat rk married the traits of the classic military man-of-action with those of the intellectual, theorist and pragmatist as a statesman. Gawrych places Atat rk in the context of his times to reveal how he harnessed wider forces to set Turkey on a path of secular nationalism and comprehensive modernization. His legacy can be seen everywhere in Turkey today, from the role and rights of women in society to the struggle for developing a democracy in the Republic. Gawrych addresses the costs of Atat rk's policies, including the suppression of minorities and the imposition of a cult of personality and authoritarian rule in the name of 'Turkification'. The book presents a nuanced analysis of a complex figure who consciously created a living legacy that still casts a shadow over Turkey's political and intellectual discourse.

Product Details ISBN: 9780755651818
ISBN-10: 0755651812
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company
Publication Date: October 19th, 2023
Pages: 296
Language: English