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Turkish Politics and the Military - William Hale

Turkish Politics and the Military

Hardcover Published: 16th December 1993
ISBN: 9780415024556
Number Of Pages: 384

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Turkey's geographical position, between the Middle East and Europe and at the centre of the current upheavals in the USSR and the Balkans, has led to a reawakening of interest in its international standing. Meanwhile its domestic politics are of increasing interest and Turkey seems to have become a model for Liberal Democracy in Central Asia.

David Hale focuses on the role of the military in contemporary politics. He author argues that the military has behaved quite differently from its counterparts in other third world states: it has acted in some degree as a guardian of the state, committed to economic and social modernisation.

The book places contemporary politics in perspective by looking at the evolution of the armed forces in Turkey from the end of the eighteenth century. The author traces the role of the military through the establishment of the Republic, the military coups of 1960 and 1980, the gradual return to civilian government of the sixties and seventies, and the military disengagement from politics of 1983 onwards. Hale is interested in the army as an actor in the political drama rather than in the professional functions of soldiers, and his historical exposition reveals much about the modern scene.

Note on Turkish spellings, names and military ranks
List of abbreviations
The Ottoman army: its structure and declinep. 1
Reform and revolution, 1789-1908p. 13
The Young Turks and their enemies, 1908-1918p. 35
The Turkish Republic and its army, 1918-1945p. 59
The path to a coup, 1945-1960p. 88
The military as rulers, 1960-1961p. 119
Challenge, accommodation and crisis, 1961-1971p. 153
The 12 March regime, 1971-1973p. 184
Political collapse and the third military intervention, 1973-1980p. 215
The 12 September regime, 1980-1983p. 246
The military disengages, 1983-1993p. 276
Turkish politics and the military: a comparative analysisp. 303
Appendix 1 Sultans and presidents since 1789p. 337
Appendix 2 Governments of Turkey since 1946p. 338
Appendix 3 Map of command areas of the Turkish armyp. 341
Appendix 4 Command structure of the Turkish armed forcesp. 342
Appendix 5 Turkish general election results, 1946-1991p. 343
Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780415024556
ISBN-10: 0415024552
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 16th December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1

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