State and Intellectuals in Turkey

State and Intellectuals in Turkey : The Life and Times of Niyazi Berkes, 1908-1988

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Niyazi Berkes, a prominent figure in Turkish political thought, lived through the transitional period in which the Republic of Turkey was founded on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. Berkes's political and intellectual biography thus affords a unique vantage point from which the author both studies Turkish political thought and examines the interplay between political history and intellectual more

Product details

  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 18mm | 417g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739191314
  • 9780739191316

About Sakir Dincsahin

Sakir Dincsahin is associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Yeditepe more

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This useful new book uses the life of Turkish intellectual Niyazi Berkes as a window to explore the turbulent times through which he lived. The author Sakir Dincsahin ... has written a volume full of details that enrich our understanding of the period...Dincsahin's book shows that it [Berkes' life] is a good prism through which to consider important questions of 20th century Turkey. Hurriyet Daily News This is a fascinating book, which informs the reader about the changing nature of state ideology in Turkey and its impact on the life and works of a Turkish scholar, Niyazi Berkes. It allows for better and more informed debates on the place of Nazism, socialism, and liberalism in the intellectual history of Turkey. The arguments and analyses presented in this work are genuinely original based on primary and secondary sources in English and Turkish and it appeals to a wide range of scholars, students, and general readers who are interested in Turkish Politics, Islamic Studies, and Middle Eastern politics. -- Ahmet N. Yucekok, Ankara University This original and intellectually interesting volume focuses on an academic and intellectual who suffered from the authoritarian policies of the single party regime in Turkey as part of its Cold War politics of anti-communism resulting in his firing from his post at Ankara University. The book is a valuable source for both undergraduate and graduate students as well as scholars studying Middle Eastern politics, Islamic studies, and Turkish politics in departments of history, political science, and sociology. It would also be of interest for the general reader willing to learn more about Turkish intellectual history. -- Umut Uzer, Istanbul Technical Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Environment and Early Influences Shaping the Political Ideas of Niyazi Berkes in British Cyprus, 1908-1922 Chapter 2: The Education and Early Career of Niyazi Berkes during the Construction of Kemalist State and Ideology, 1922-1933 Chapter 3: Kemalist University Reform, the Great Depression, and the Graduate Education of Niyazi Berkes, 1933-1939 Chapter 4: Niyazi Berkes's Role in Power Struggles of the Post-Ataturk Period, 1939-1945 Chapter 5: The Ankara University Unrest and the Construction of Right-Wing Ideology in Turkey, 1945-1950 Chapter 6: Niyazi Berkes's Contributions to Islamic Studies: The Development of Secularism in Turkey, 1950-1960 Chapter 7: The 1960 Coup d'etat and Niyazi Berkes's Formative Kemalist Contributions to the Turkish Left, 1960-1988show more