Lecture | Book Launch
Book Launch | A Hundred Years of Republican Turkey: A History in a Hundred Fragments
- Tuesday 24 October 2023
- Please register below
2311 GJ Leiden
- Telders Auditorium & Online
On October 29, 2023, the Republic of Turkey commemorates its centenary. This is the occasion for the publication of A Hundred Years of Republican Turkey: A History in a Hundred Fragments, edited by Alp Yenen and Erik-Jan Zürcher of Leiden University's worldwide renowned Turkish Studies programme. This book is an innovative exploration of Turkey’s past century marked by political changes, cultural shifts, and societal transformations. The mosaic-like structure of the book affords an insight into a hundred key moments in this fascinating trajectory of the people of Turkey. Tailored for both academics and general readers, this book curates one hundred fragments from historical sources, each introduced and analysed by one of over 70 experts, providing a snapshot of the state of research in Turkish Studies. At a time when Turkey faces radical political, social, and economic transformations, this book critically re-examines Turkey's history. While deconstructing received narratives, A Hundred Years of Republican Turkey offers fresh and nuanced interpretations, acknowledging the successes and the struggles that shaped Turkey’s politics, society, and culture until today.
The book will be introduced by Alp Yenen and Erik-Jan Zürcher. Noa Schonmann will interview the authors and moderate the Q&A session afterwards.
Drink will be served afterwards at the Faculty Club.
About the speakers
Alp Yenen is a university lecturer for modern history and culture of Turkey at the Institute for Area Studies at Leiden University. He works primarily on the political history of modern Turkey and the Middle East in the twentieth century. He studies transnational and transgressive politics during transitional periods, such as the end of the Ottoman Empire and the end of the Cold War.
Erik-Jan Zürcher is emeritus professor of Turkish Studies at Leiden University. He is primarily interested in the period of transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey and in the role of the Young Turk generation/movement in this process. He studies the emergence of modern Turkey by linking the processes of forced migration, war, imperial legacies, and nation building.
Noa Schonmann is a university lecturer at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. She specializes in the field of modern Middle East studies, concentrating on the region's politics and international relations (history and theory), foreign policy analysis, and diplomatic history. As a historian of international relations she has developed special research interests in the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and in state-society relations under authoritarian regimes.