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Pages: 304
Series: Short Histories
Imprint: Oneworld


The Quest for Identity

Feroz Ahmad

An updated edition of this popular introduction to Turkey's history.

The Book

This concise history tells the story of Turkey, a country caught between the ideologies of East and West. From its beginnings as a disparate group of tribes to its status as the first secular republic in the Islamic world, Ahmad provides a full survey of Turkey's chequered past. Covering nearly 1,000 years of history, from the eleventh-century invasion of Anatolia to attempts at European integration and involvement in the 2003 war with Iraq, Ahmad unpicks the debates and puts historical disputes in context. This updated edition also examines the problems faced by modern Turkey, from the rise of Islamic militancy to current political tensions in Turkey's government.

Whether student, general reader or first-time visitor, this wide-ranging account will be greatly appreciated by all those with an interest in the past, present and future challenges facing this diverse, and often misunderstood, country.

Additional Information

Series Short Histories
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Feroz Ahmad is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts and a Visiting Scholar at the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University. He is widely respected as an expert on modern Turkey and Middle East history and, since 2005, has been teaching history and politics at Yeditepe University, Istanbul.



‘This study condenses forty years of research into an accessible account... Enriched by keen insight, and integrating up-to-date studies from both Western and Middle Eastern scholars.’

- Hasan Kayali – University of California

'A useful companion to any who need a quick reference volume for Turkey's modern history.'

- International Journal of Middle East Studies

'Guides the reader in an understanding and contextualization of the origin of modern-day Turkish identity.'

- MESA Bulletin