Pre - requisites: none
The course is structured around in depth reading about and discussion of major issues in Turkey from 1970s to date. These issues concern domestic politics and foreign policy; international relations; social structure and relations including gender issues and challenges of modernity; culture (including language, religion, education and communications); migration and transnational Turkish communities.
Introductory lectures of the course will dwell on the following topics: From Inner Asia to the Middle East and the Balkans; Seljuks and other dynasties; the Ottomans; Ottomans in the 18th/19th centuries: modernization; 19th and early 20th centuries: wars and migrations; Turkish Republic and modernization: development of the nation state.
Students will read about and have a chance to discuss in class various issues concerning contemporary Turkey including:
Class attendance and contribution to discussions: 10% One oral presentation with bibliography and outline: 15% One 5,000 word essay 75%
Two oral presentations with bibliography and outline: 20% One 7,000 word essay 85%
On completion of the course the students should