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Abdullah Gul and the Making of the New Turkey by Gerald MacLean

By Gerald MacLean

Drawing on unique examine, together with in-depth interviews with President Abdullah Gül himself in addition to his spouse and shut circle of associates and neighbors, this attention-grabbing account deals a portrait of a guy who has been on the middle of the political, fiscal, and cultural advancements that experience introduced Turkey to overseas prominence in recent times. In 2002 Abdullah Gül's democratically elected get together won strength and challenged Turkey's political and spiritual legacy. almost immediately after, Gül grew to become a key participant in Turkey's makes an attempt to obtain an accession date for the eu Union. In 2007 he grew to become the 1st president of Turkey who was once additionally a religious Muslim — inflicting political commentators to hail his victory as a “new period in Turkish politics" — and he has given that been an important determine in Turkey's diplomatic relationships within the heart East and overseas political arena.
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Coincidentally, the first multiparty elections to be held in the twenty-seven-year history of the Republic of Turkey earlier that year had brought an end to the rule of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s party. To understand Abdullah Gül and how he came to be elected president requires understanding the importance of Kayseri, not just the strong influence of its history on his character, values and political outlook, but also on the history of what has taken place there, and throughout Turkey, since 1950.

Here, the unprecedented policy of conscripting Christians into the Turkish army from 1915 had led to armed resistance, state reprisals and guerrilla warfare. In the mountains above Samsun, the bloodshed and atrocities reported by both sides only increased after 1919 when the arrival of Greek forces in Izmir emboldened the armed Christian guerrillas. Throughout the ensuing War of Independence (1919–23), the Greek Orthodox communities of Cappadocia and Kayseri never fell out with their Muslim neighbours.

With the story of Erdoğan appearing on the cover of Time magazine as a lead, editors clearly thought that this might be the moment for a word or two about a planned book about President Gül. As these things often happen, Sefa’s notes and write-up quickly appeared in a much-edited and garbled form, telling readers that the President and I had first met in 1974 at the University of Exeter. Evidently there had been a collapsing of 1974, the year in which I had visited Turkey for the first time, Gül becoming a student at Exeter, and 2007, when I joined the Exeter faculty.

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