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Turkey: A Short History by [Stone, Norman]
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3.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Stone's irreverent narrative is a spur to read more about a forgotten power that is central to Europe's history. --The Financial Times

Arresting ... authoritative and measured ... Stone's Turkey breaks the popular mould and introduces its readers to a place beyond their presumptions. --The Sunday Times

A fanfare for modern Turkey and a vivid, provocative, often funny, always insightful account of how it came about. Stone pulls together his accomplishments as a philoturk, a philologist, controversialist and narrative historian to sweep his readers along a short crash course in Turkish origins, their history and current challenges. If you really don't know why a portrait of Ataturk hangs in almost every shop in Turkey, read this book. --The Guardian

No one else writes history he does. --Andrew Roberts

Entertaining, insightful ... Packing ten centuries into under 200 pages isn't easy, but this book does it with aplomb. --History Revealed

About the Author

Norman Stone is the award winning author of World War One, Europe Transformed, and The Eastern Front.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10400 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 1 edition (25 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C6DIOFC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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I'm not a historian but a surgeon. However my passion through the last 40 years is history and as such I have extensive knowledge of history. After reading only a few pages it stood clear to me that the book has been written with a great deal of emotion. Positive emotion to Turkey. But also negative emotion towards Turkey's classical enemies. In short the positive deeds of turks are enhanced and the negative ones are systematically diminished. I am my self an admirer of Turkey and of Mustafa Kemal, but at the same time only what we know for facts interests me, not the positive or negative emotions of the one or the other author. Therefore the book is simply not trustworthy.

The examples from the author who is a professor of history in Ankara Turkey are numerous:
NS: The Janissaries were young men from the occupied parts of the Ottoman empire who were lifted up through a great education.
Normal consensus: The Janissaries, were small christian (maninly Greek, but also Serbian etc) boys of the age of 6 who were taken away from their mothers by force, and sent to Istanbul to become elite-soldiers. Their families never saw them again. The mere human grief in this fact is never mentioned.
NS: The massacre of Chios was a mistake done by the Turks who mistook the Island for another Island who had in fact deserved to be punished.
Consensus: The massacre of Chios comprised the entire Greek population which was killed, and thousand of women and children were sold as slaves (and never got their freedom back). The massacre was ordered as a reprisal to the uprising in mainland Greece (Morea).

The author also has a divided and inconsistent view on many things. E.g. the Persians (today Iranians).
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Lucid and entertaining; full of informed and well argued opinion well supported with examples. As someone who lives there for some of his life in the last 20 years or so, he brings together the overview of an outsider and the study of a resident who spends much of their time studying and examing the context.
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this provided an excellent summary for me as someone who is brushing up on European history. There are some serious issues with the kindle translation in places. It needs proof reading and amending. I could find no way of viewing the illustrations on my kindle.
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I'm not a historian but a surgeon. However my passion through the last 40 years is history and as such I have extensive knowledge of history. After reading only a few pages it stood clear to me that the book has been written with a great deal of emotion. Positive emotion to Turkey. But also negative emotion towards Turkey's classical enemies. In short the positive deeds of turks are enhanced and the negative ones are systematically diminished. I am my self an admirer of Turkey and of Mustafa Kemal, but at the same time only what we know for facts interests me, not the positive or negative emotions of the one or the other author. Therefore the book is simply not trustworthy.

The examples from the author who is a professor of history in Ankara Turkey are numerous:
NS: The Janissaries were young men from the occupied parts of the Ottoman empire who were lifted up through a great education.
Normal consensus: The Janissaries, were small christian (maninly Greek, but also Serbian etc) boys of the age of 6 who were taken away from their mothers by force, and sent to Istanbul to become elite-soldiers. Their families never saw them again. The mere human grief in this fact is never mentioned.
NS: The massacre of Chios was a mistake done by the Turks who mistook the Island for another Island who had in fact deserved to be punished.
Consensus: The massacre of Chios comprised the entire Greek population which was killed, and thousand of women and children were sold as slaves (and never got their freedom back). The massacre was ordered as a reprisal to the uprising in mainland Greece (Morea).

The author also has a divided and inconsistent view on many things. E.g. the Persians (today Iranians).
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I thought this might be a little dry, coming from an historian as eminent as NS, but in fact this is an often-witty, colourful account, lifted by plenty of anecdote and supported by succinct analysis. NS paints an excellent picture of the complexities of Turkish history without losing the reader in the detail. Jolly good.
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If you are looking for an in depth, detailed history of Turkey this is not the book for you. However, as a condensed history this is interesting, informative and well written about a unique and diverse country.
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