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A Short History

Norman Stone


From bestselling historian Norman Stone, a deftly told story of Turkey’s relations with its immediate neighbours and the wider world from the 11th century to the present day


Who are the Turks and what role has the empire and nation they forged had on the world stage? Here, the celebrated historian Norman Stone deftly conducts the reader through the complex story of Turkey's past, from the arrival of the Seljuks in Anatolia in the 11th century to the modern republic of the 21st. He brilliantly draws out the larger themes of Turkey's history, resulting in a book that is a masterly exposition of the historian's craft.


'A fanfare for modern Turkey and a vivid, provocative, often funny, always insightful account of how it came about … If you really don’t know why a portrait of Ataturk hangs in almost every shop in Turkey, read this book'

'Arresting … Stone’s Turkey breaks the popular mould and introduces its readers to a place beyond their presumptions'
Sunday Times

'Absolutely splendid … pithy, straightforward, superbly argued'
Country Life

'Constantly exhilarating …. However many histories of Turkey you have read, you will never have read one as incisive, combative and sure-footed as this one'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Revised Edition

Size: 19.8 x 13.0 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 11

Publication date: 10 August 2017

ISBN: 9780500292990

Contents List

Prelude; 1. Origins; 2. World Empire; 3. Zenith; 4. Shadows; 5. The Eighteenth Century; 6. The Long Defensive; 7. End of Empire; 8. Crash; Epilogue

About the Author

Norman Stone is Director of the Turkish-Russian Centre at Bilkent University, Ankara. He was formerly Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford and also taught for many years at Cambridge University. Between 1987 and 1992 Stone worked as Margaret Thatcher’s Foreign Policiy Advisor. Norman Stone now lives in Oxford and Istanbul.

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