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Travellers History Of Turkey [Paperback]

Richard Stoneman
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Nov. 1 2005 Traveller's History of Turkey
Throughout the millennia Turkey formed the core of several Empires--Persia, Rome, Byzantium--before becoming the center of the Ottoman Empire. All these civilizations have left their marks on the landscape, architecture and art of Turkey--a place of fascinating overlapping cultures.

A Traveller's History of Turkey offers a concise and readable account of the region from prehistory right up to the present day. It covers everything from the legendary Flood of Noah, the early civilization of Catal Huyuk seven thousand years before Christ, through the treasures of Troy, Alexander the Great, the Romans, Seljuks, Byzantines and the Golden Age of the Sultans, to the twentieth century's great changes wrought by Kemal Ataturk and the strong position Turkey now holds in the world community.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Primarily political history Sept. 2 2013
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I bought this book in preparation for a touristic visit to Turkey. I was somewhat disappointed in that it seemed to focus primarily on political history -- the succession of emperors and sultans, court intrigues and assassinations, battles and conquests by surrounding powers such as Persia, Greece and Rome as well as internal conflict between the various peoples of Anatolia. Certainly that is important, but I found the degree of detail bewildering and would have appreciated more of an overview which laid out the key themes and developments. The book is light on social and cultural history, the ethnicity of the peoples and like topics. A specific example: under the Ottoman regime, was social organization similar to that of feudalism in Western Europe with local nobles, indentured serfs, a purely local pattern of organization with little broader interaction or trade?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read July 28 2012
By Ray T - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book for travelers who would like to know about what they are going to see and how to put it into context. As a result, they condense a ton of material into a fairly short and readable book. When I go to Turkey I will be mostly interested in the ancient (Hittite, Lydian), Byzantine and Ottoman empires, but can certainly appreciate the info on modern Turkey and how it came to occupy the position it has in the middle east and world in general. Overall, a quick read that provides mostly decent information. The author tries (does he succeed?- who knows) to "tell it like it is" and is both condemning of the Turks at times and admires them at others. The book gets 4 stars because at times they will bring up a name or city from 5 pages ago that was only mentioned once, so a bit hard to track. A few times, they made references to things I don't think were previously explained. To a certain extent they could rectify this, but it would also make the book longer and didn't detract from the bulk of information. I have no wish to be an expert on the history of Turkey but feel much better prepared for my trip.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Oct. 21 2008
By E. Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
Like a previous reviewer, I was put off by the concentration on ancient history with almost no modern history.

Having said that, the ancient history IS fascinating and I am very hald I read the book.

To the two turkish reviewers: when your country finally admits that it massacred the Greeks at Smyrna and the Armenians at every opportunity, then people will begin to forget, but as long as you insist that these things didn't happen people will assume that that is still the way it is in Turkey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great history lesson. Nov. 21 2013
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrific concise history for people traveling to that part of the world. Considering there is 5000 years of history to tell - Stoneman does a wonderful job giving you enough detail to feel knowledgeable without being burdened. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in a quick history lesson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical overview! June 6 2013
By Mario Goico - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an outstanding, in depth, summary of the internal and external religious, political and cultural factors that have shaped Turkey into its present government.
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