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The Circassian: A Life of Esref Bey, Late Ottoman Insurgent and Special Agent

The Circassian is a successful attempt in two ways. Firstly, Fortna’s chronological design of the account allows the reader to follow Eşref’s...

How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens

One of Viroli’s aims is to refute the common perception that Machiavelli was a ‘teacher of evil’ who knew nothing about democracy or liberty. The...

Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium

Hüseyin Işıksal and Ozan Örmeci’s edited volume Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium constitutes an insightful analysis of how Turkey’s...

Peace In Turkey 2023: The Question of Human Security and Conflict Transformation

Peace in Turkey 2023, published in 2013, adds to the discussions on conflict transformation and human security by focusing on the case of the...

Turkish-American Relations, 1800-1952: Between the Stars, Stripes and the Crescent

Since the end of World War II, good relations between Turkey and the U.S. have been thought to be a de facto situation, and indeed for the most...

Reinterpreting Exploration: The West in the World

Edited by Dane Kennedy, Reinterpreting Exploration: The West in the World sets out to provide readers with multifaceted narratives on exploration...

The Rise of the BRICS in Africa: The Geopolitics of South-South Relations

The notable rising of a select group of developing countries paves the way for new multilateral structures in global governance, like BRICS...

Governance of Seas and Oceans

When the words sea, ocean or maritime are considered, one must notice the 70, 80, 90 rule: “Over 70 percent of the world’s surface is composed of...

Muslims and Crusaders: Christianity’s Wars in the Middle East, 1095-1382, from the Islamic Sources

Much has been written on the Crusades – one of the most astounding events the medieval world ever witnessed. However, what has been written on the...

The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity, and the State

The governmental experience of Islamic-oriented parties in Tunisia and Egypt drew attention to the trajectory of political Islam by the time of the...

Localizing Islam in Europe: Turkish Islamic Communities in Germany and the Netherlands

Does the presence of Muslim immigrants in Europe change Islam? How is their identity shaped by the European context and do the social, political...

Peacebuilding and International Administration: The Cases of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo

While international administrations are imposed in conflict or post-conflict countries/regions in order to stop violence, prevent further...

Stratejik İstihbarat ve Ulusal Güvenlik

In Stratejik İstihbarat ve Ulusal Güvenlik (Strategic Intelligence and National Security), Merve Seren scrutinizes intelligence by its ‘own’...

States in Disguise: Causes of State Support for Rebel Groups

Non-state violence by rebel groups, including terrorists, has become a major headache for policy makers across the world. San-Akca’s book comes at...

Investigating Terrorism: Current Political, Legal and Psychological Issues

In Investigating Terrorism: Current Political, Legal and Psychological Issues, the contributors investigate the relationship between terrorism and...

The Courtiers of Civilization: A Study of Diplomacy

At best an honorable spy, at worst an insipid appeaser, and presumed by some to be a relic of the past, professional diplomats are often the target...

Democratic Institutions and Authoritarian Rule in Southeast Europe

Democratization is an ongoing process. Various social, economic, and historical dynamics play a vital role in the process of democratization. In...

Identities and Foreign Policies in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus: The Other Europes

The newly independent countries across the post-Soviet space faced a set of ontological ambiguities following the implosion of the Soviet Union. In...

Multilateralism in the 21st Century: Europe’s Quest for Effectiveness

International politics in the 21st century is distinctive in several ways. First, new regional powers have emerged. In addition, certain...

Iran and Russian Imperialism: The Ideal Anarchists, 1800-1914

Moritz Deutschmann in his book Iran and Russian Imperialism: the Ideal Anarchists, 1800-1914, seeks to depict a broad and comprehensive picture of...

The Ottoman Culture of Defeat: The Balkan Wars and Their Aftermath

The Balkan Wars are among the harshest defeats the Ottomans ever experienced. The shock that was felt with the loss of the Balkan territories, the...

The Economic Transformation of Turkey: Neoliberalism and State Intervention

The Economic Transformation of Turkey: Neoliberalism and State Intervention by Nilgün Önder analyses the development of labor relations in Turkey...

Living in the Ottoman Realm: Empire and Identity, 13th to 20th Centuries

This book is a result of collaboration between the two historians who deal with early-modern (Isom-Verhaaren) and modern (Schull) history. The book...

Islamist Thinkers in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic

Late Ottoman intellectual history, especially the nineteenth century, was seen by Bernard Lewis (in his The Emergence of Modern Turkey, 1961) and...

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