The New Turkey : Directions for the 21st Century
In the 21st century, a new Turkey is taking shape. The democratisation process has gathered momentum. The Middle East continues to play a major role in international affairs. New alliances are formed while armed struggles and old enmities seethe above or beneath the surface. The so-called 'Arab Spring' produced revolutionary changes in some countries in the region, but on the whole, outcomes have so far been disappointing - at least to those who hoped for a brave new world of democracy and respect for human rights. This collection of essays explores some of the events and issues that affect the modern Republic of Turkey and its place in the world. There is a new dynamism evident to all, affecting every facet of life in the country. As with all periods of rapid change, people are unsettled and there is friction. This book reflects the author's confidence that a stronger and healthier society will emerge - better able to play its historical role as a bridge between East and West. Alan Scott first came to Turkey in 1995, knowing little about the land and its people. In the years since then he has lived and travelled extensively in the country while working in the EFL education sector, and has continued to benefit from the mind-expanding jolts that strike the Western visitor at this ancient intersection of East and West.
- Paperback | 238 pages
- 152 x 229 x 13mm | 322g
- 27 Feb 2014
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
About Alan F Scott
Alan Scott has lived, worked and travelled extensively in Turkey for many years. As a New Zealander, he came with few of the prejudices often held by citizens of countries with large ex-patriate Turkish populations. As a teacher of English language and literature in his own country, he was fascinated by the challenge of learning a Ural-Altaic language, and the insights it gave into the culture and history of a people on the threshold of Europe yet not Christian; Muslim and at the doorstep of the Middle East, yet not Arab or Persian. He writes as a sympathetic yet objective observer of the historical, cultural, religious and political influences that have shaped this ancient land which has witnessed the rise and fall of countless civilisations since the dawn of civilisation itself.