Tag Archives: Turkey

Book Review: The Ottoman Empire: A Short History

The Ottoman Empire: A Short History, by Suraiya Faroqhi, translated by Shelley Frisch This book was certainly shorter than I expected it to be, and not nearly as good as I hoped it would be. In many ways, people write … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grey Wolf: An Intimate Study Of A Dictator

Grey Wolf:  An Intimate Study Of A Dictator, by H.C. Armstrong It seems remarkable to me that this book was published in Great Britain considering their strict libel laws.  I am not sure that the author meant to be as … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Transformation Of Turkish Culture

The Transformation Of Turkish Culture:  The Atatürk Legacy, edited by Güsel Renda and C. Max Kortepeter There are a great many contradictions at the heart of this book, and it is the sort of book that few people would likely … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk:  Leadership, Strategy, Conflict, by Edward J. Erickson An online stranger asked me what I thought about the founder of the Turkish republic, and my response to the immediate query was that I did not know enough about … Continue reading

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Cyprus: A Case Study On The Problems Of Trust

According to the UNDP, solid majorities of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots do not believe that the other side is willing to make the compromises that would be necessary for both to live in the same country in peace.  As … Continue reading

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Bijî Kurdistan

For some time the Kurds have been a people whose fate I have pondered and reflected upon [1].  And there is good reason for that, several good reasons in fact.  For one, as someone who was born to a family … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Discovery Of The Greek Bronze Age

The Discovery Of The Greek Bronze Age, by J. Lesley Fitton This is a book that very much lives up to its name.  Whether or not that is a good thing depends on whether you want to read about the … Continue reading

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What Took You So Long?

Sometimes news happens at inconvenient times.  As I was racing around after work this past Friday, I managed to stop in at my apartment in Vancouver, dropping off books I had read and reviewed, picking up my mail and more … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Kurds: State And Minority In Turkey, Iraq, And Iran

The Kurds:  State And Minority In Turkey, Iraq, And Iran, by James Ciment It is somewhat noteworthy that this particular book is substantially out of date, and worth mentioning how so at the outset.  Seeking to focus on the relationship … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Apostle Paul And The Earliest Churches

Apostle Paul And The Earliest Churches, by Vision Video [Note: This video was provided free of charge by FishFlix in exchange for an honest review.] There is a lot to praise about this video, produced in 2003 with a largely … Continue reading

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