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Ataturk and Modernisation – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture, History

During postings in Istanbul, Tripoli, Cairo, Damascus and Sofia, and in trips to Germany and Austria, Kemal (Ataturk) became aware of the wider world and the currents that were surging through it. He learned French and devoured the works of Voltaire and Rousseau, together with translations of Thomas Hobbes and John Stuart Mill. They helped him grasp the great challenge that was to shape his life. “The Turkish nation has fallen far behind the West,” he told a German officer he met in the Balkans. “The main aim should be to lead it to modern civilization.”

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