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||Assoc.Prof.Dr. MESUT YEĞEN
||Fall or Spring Semesters.
The primary aim of this course is to produce a double curiosity; one on the history of Turkish modernisation and the other on the intellectual and political debates on modernisation in Turkey.
This course aims to cover the principal academic and political debates on Turkeys social structure. Debates on the following issues are to be examined: The formation, consolidation and collapse of the Ottoman Empire; main paths in Ottoman modernisation; the foundation of the Republic; 1930s: present vs. past and inkilaps vs. traditions; the agents of the inkilap: the Turkish Hearths, the Peoples Houses, and the Village Institutes; the transition to multi-party era and the true nature of Democratic Party; the 1960 Coup; Turkey as a feudal, Asiatic or capitalist society; the rise of political Islam and ethnic revival in 1990s.
At the end of the semester, course participants are expected to be in a position to define the main characteristics of Turkish modernisation and spot the (dis)continuities in it.