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The Politics of Turkish Democracy
Ismet Inonu and the Formation of the Multi-Party System, 1938-1950
The Politics of Turkish Democracy
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John M. VanderLippe - Author
Price: $70.00 
Hardcover - 282 pages
Release Date: July 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6435-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6435-9

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Paperback - 282 pages
Release Date: June 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6436-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6436-6

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The history of Turkey’s difficult transition to a multi-party political system.

One of the most significant yet least known periods of modern Turkish history is that of Turkey’s second president, Iùsmet Iùnönü. Following the death of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1938, Turkish politicians and intellectuals struggled to redefine Kemalist notions of modernity and democracy, Islam and secularization, the role of the state, and Turkey’s place in the world. The Politics of Turkish Democracy examines Iùnönü’s presidency (1938–1950), which developed amid the crises of World War II and the Cold War, global economic and political transformation, and economic and social change within Turkey. John M. VanderLippe analyzes the political discourse of the era and argues that Iùnönü was a pivotal figure who played the decisive role in Turkey’s transition to a multi-party political system.

“…bringing together the discussion of international and domestic contexts in a vivid prose … The book will serve as an essential reference source for historians and political scientists of not only modern Turkey but also the Middle East and global South.” — International Journal of Middle East Studies

“…impressive research, derived from memoirs of the principal characters and Turkish press accounts … a useful contribution about an important and understudied period in Turkish history.” — Insight Turkey

“This book is a clear and reliable account of a major political transformation. It deserves the full attention of scholars, policymakers, and general readers alike.” — Middle East Journal

“This is a first-rate study that uses abundant Turkish sources to fill a needed spot in the lacunae of Turkey’s historiography.” — American Historical Review

“This book is an outstanding contribution to the study not only of modern Turkey, but also the modern Middle East and the modern non-Western world. It tells the story of a successful, peaceful transition from a single-party state to multi-party democracy in Turkey, a story that is virtually unheard of in the modern third world.” — Douglas A. Howard, author of The History of Turkey  

John M. VanderLippe is Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York at New Paltz.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Ismet Inönü and Multi-Party Politics in Turkish History

1. Political Discourse and Reform in Turkey

2. The Election of Ismet Inönü as President: Kemalist Hegemony and Alternative Definitions

3. War at Home, War Abroad: New Terms of Domination

4. New Alliances and Demands for Change

5. The Emergence of Organized Opposition

6. Post-War International Tensions, and the Expression of Opposition

7. The Emergence of the Democrat Party: The Challenge, and Limits, of Organized Opposition

8. The Confines of the Cold War and the Redefinition of Kemalism

9. Multi-Party Politics and the Defeat of Democracy

Endnotes
Bibliography
Index


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