[L-I] Lord Kinross

Norman Mikalac mikalac at SPAMworldnet.att.net
Mon Aug 21 14:52:58 MDT 2000

thanks for your interesting comments.  i'll reread Kinross after i
establish my new Access History dbase where i intend to put lots of
history for easy crossreference.  there i'll place the the key events of
the Ottoman Empire into it in the proper time, place, person, events,
etc.  fascinating Empire.  who knows, i may even get to read the other
listed books.


Xxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx wrote:
> Norm, Lord Kinross's book is a classic. Mind you that he approaches
> Kemalism with a British orientalist sympathy. The same line of sympathy
> can be found in American Bernard Lewis's book "Emergence of Modern
> Turkey". I should admit that it is a classic, so it must be read. At the
> time, most of these orientalists were very inspired by modernizing
> reforms of Kemal Atuturk (new alphabet, women's rights, secularism,
> etc..). They wanted to see a "modern capitalist" Turkey that would
> satisfy the image of the West. Briefly, they were pro American. If I am
> not mistaken at the moment, Lewis's book must have been published after
> W.W.II. The period was a period of mushrooming Middle Eastern "area
> studies" in American universities. In that respect, the books of
> American orientalists were quite instrumental in promoting the interests
> of the US in the region.
> Hey! my undgrad institution was established by American missionaries the
> same time these books were in. As a result, French schools were pissed
> for loosing their cultural hegemony in Turkey. Their graduates still
> maintain this inter-imperialist feeling of superiority!
> bye,
> Xxxx
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