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Prisoners of Ourselves: Totalitarianism in Everyday Life & Turkey and the Dilemma of EU Accession & Towards a Social History of Modern Turkey: Essays in Theory and Practice

ALTHOUGH written from a variety of perspectives at different points in history, all three books reviewed here offer penetrating insights into Turkish politics past and present, as well as commenting on how they are interpreted both inside and outside the country.

Prisoners of Ourselves Totalitarianism in Everyday Life amp Turkey and
Prisoners of Ourselves: Totalitarianism in Everyday Life & Turkey and the Dilemma of EU Accession & Towards a Social History of Modern Turkey: Essays in Theory and Practice
 

Prisoners of Ourselves: Totalitarianism in Everyday Life

By Gündüz Y. H. Vassaf

İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 2011, 275 pages, 
ISBN 9789750509629.


Turkey and the Dilemma of EU Accession

By Mirela Bogdani

London and New York: I. B. Tauris & Co., 2011, 
234 pages, ISBN 9781848854598.


Towards a Social History of Modern Turkey: Essays in Theory and Practice

Edited by Gavin D. Brockett

İstanbul: Libra Kitapçılık ve Yayıncılık, 2011, 
184 pages, ISBN 9786054326426.

 

 

Although written from a variety of perspectives at different points in history, all three books reviewed here offer penetrating insights into Turkish politics past and present, as well as commenting on how they are interpreted both inside and outside the country.

Written in English, while he was guest professor at the University of Marburg, Germany (having quit his post at Boğaziçi University in protest at the law curtailing academic freedom), Gündüz Vassaf’s Prisoners of Ourselves comprises a series of meditations mostly written between October 1986 and March 1987. His basic thesis is straightforward enough: although human beings consider themselves members of the free world, they are actually subject to totalitarian rule.

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