From Fez to Hat: How Did Turkey Modernize?
Thursday, 02 October, 2014
This presentation by Dr. Serdar Poyraz will explore the traumatic transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Modern Turkish Republic. Founded on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, the Modern Turkish Republic is generally perceived to represent a radical break with the earlier Ottoman tradition. The first part of this session will question such common perceptions by emphasizing the continuities between the 19th and 20th century, and will try to explain the Ottoman roots of the Turkish modernization. The second part will present a historical narrative of the major economic and political developments which took place in the Turkish Republic in the last 90 years.