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This biography of Ataturk aims to strip away the myth to show the complexities of the man beneath. Born plain Mustafa in Ottoman Salonica in 1881, he trained as an army officer but was virtually unknown until 1919, when he took the lead in thwarting the victorious Allies' plan to partition the Turkish core of the Ottoman Empire. He divided the Allies, defeated the last Sultan and secured the territory of the Turkish national state, becoming the first president of the new republic in 1923. He imposed coherence, order and mordernity and in the process, created his own legend and his own cult.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719565922
ISBN-10: 0719565928
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 132mm x 45mm)
Pages: 688
Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Few men have had such personal influence over the destiny of their countries as Mustapha Kemal, known as Ataturk ('father of the Turks'). Leader of the Turkish national movement from 1909 he rallied the Turkish armed forces against the proposed dismemberment of the Turkish heartland in 1919, then ousted the Greeks from Smyrna and extended Turkish power over much of Asia Minor. In 1923 he dissolved the old Ottoman Empire and became the first president of the new Turkish Republic. His legacy survives to this day in a now-powerful Turkey that lies strategically between Europe and Asia, and culturally between the West and Islam. Despite the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Turkey, Ataturk's stature within the country remains enormous, as this new biography, based on major new Turkish language sources, confirms. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Andrew Mango

Andrew Mango was born in Istanbul. He complemented his knowledge of Turkish by studying Persian and Arabic at the School of Oriental Studies in London. From 1947 to 1986 he worked at the BBC, retiring as Head of South European and French Language Services. During his retirement he continued to study and write on Turkish affairs. He died in 2014.

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