Turkey:Continuity and Change
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PrerequisitesAcceptance on to one of the host MA programmes
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course students should have acquired a critical approach regarding the analysis of the constituent elements of Turkish and Turkic heritage in different periods and regions.
WorkloadTwo hours of lectures per week
Scope and syllabus
The course is divided into two parts:
- The first part focuses on the transition from the Ottoman empire to the Republic of Turkey, examining the key turning points and assessing the relevance of the events of the 1908-38 period for understanding Turkey today. There is also a historical approach to change, focusing on the issue of the "Turkishness" of the Ottoman and earlier empires and their relevance for Modern Turkey.
- The second part of the course deals with the development of Turkey’s political life following the death of Atatürk in 1938 and the emergence of a multi-party parliamentary democracy from 1946. Turkey’s subsequent economic, social and political development is closely examined, taking into consideration the impact of rapid population increase and internal migration on the political processes. The controversies over the involvement of the military in politics and the role of religion in Turkish society are analysed, and there is particular focus on Turkey’s relations with the wider world – in particular with the United States and Nato partners, the European Union, and with Greece, Cyprus and the Middle East.
Method of assessmentThree assessed essays totalling 10,000 words, to be handed in on (a) 15 January (3,000 words), (b) the last day of Term 2 (3,000 words) and (c) the second Friday of Term 3 (4,000 words).
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