of the Conquerors: The Rise of
the Turkic World,
by Hugh Pope
I've enjoyed Hugh Pope's reporting
in The Wall Street Journal for years. His
new book looks far beyond the modern Turkish
Republic and its Ottoman past
to the roots of Turkish history and culture in the
dozen great empires and states that Turks have won
and governed. Everyone interested in Turkey will
want to read Pope's engaging and timely history of all the
Ancient Turkey: A Traveller's
History, by Seton Lloyd
Written by an archaeologist who spent much of his
life in the Near East, this is as much a history
of peoples and cultures as of ancient cities, buildings
and artifacts—a good read!
An Economic and Social History
of the Ottoman Empire: 1600-1914,
edited by Halil Inalcik, with contributions
by Donald Quataert, Suraiya Faroqhi
and Sevket Pamuk. This major work
of Ottoman history is now in paperback
(two volumes) covering the social
and economic history of the Ottoman
region, from around 1300 to World
Gallipoli, by Alan
The book that spawned the movie that revived interest
in the great but disastrous World War I campaign
by Winston Churchill to capture Constantinople. Before
Moorhead's book, almost no one went to Gallipoli.
Now commemoration of the battles there is a major
annual event in Turkish tourism. The story of brave
soldiers, good and bad leadership, and fickle fortune
is inspiring and dispiriting at the same time.
Subjects of the Sultan: Culture
and Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire by
Suraiya Faroqhi. Raphaela Lewis's Everyday
Life in Ottoman Turkey is now
out of print, but you can get Suraiya
Faroqhi's book, which is even better.
Find out what it was like to live
in the time of the sultans.
Turkey, a Short History,
by Roderic Davison
A good place to start if you want a relatively quick
but solid history of the country.
Turkey—A Modern History,
by Erik J Zürcher
A thorough scholarly work on the emergence and progress
of the Turkish Republic in the 20th century.
Unveiled: A History of Modern Turkey,
by Hugh and Nicole Pope
One of my favorite books about present-day Turkey,
by two acutely observant veteran newspaper reporters.