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From Empire to Republic: The Role of American Missionaries in US-Ottoman Empire Relations and Their Educational Legacy

Hacer Bahar’s From Empire to Republic has important insights about one of the most important pillars of Turkey-U.S. relations: American missionaries and their educational legacy in Turkey, particularly Robert College. The college itself has a very important place in the history of relations because many important Turkish bureaucrats, even prime ministers such as Ecevit and Çiller, are alumni of Robert College.

 

In the history of Turkish-American relations, there have always been ups and downs. Turkey and the U.S. experienced many crises in the last century, and today, no one would deny that we are witnessing one of the most crucial moments with the Trump Administration. But when it comes to times of crisis like this, it is important to remember the history of relations and how they have deepened in the nearly one-and-a-half century-long history of the two countries. Because, whenever a problem occurs—small or big—somehow relations come back on track after a while. The reasons lie in the origins of the relations. Indeed, Hacer Bahar’s From Empire to Republic has important insights about one of the most important pillars of Turkey-U.S. relations: American missionaries and their educational legacy in Turkey, particularly Robert College. The college itself has a very important place in the history of relations because many important Turkish bureaucrats, even prime ministers such as Ecevit and Çiller, are alumni of Robert College.

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