Fall 2012

Turkey: From Empire to Republic

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-493  |  History, as HIST-493


Monica M. Ringer (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 493 [ME]  and ASLC 493 [WA].) Turkey has a particularly complex relationship with the Ottoman Empire. On the one hand, the establishment of Turkey as a secular republic following the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire after World War I marked a watershed between empire and republic, sultan and president, subject and citizen. On the other hand, significant areas of continuity persisted. This seminar focuses on areas of rupture and continuity in order to shed light on the way that these tensions continue to impact contemporary debates surrounding secularism and the place of religion, nationalism and minority rights, and the tensions between authoritarianism and democracy. We will pay particular attention to the intellectual, social and cultural construction of modernity and to the ongoing contestations over historical memory and the Ottoman past. Students will work in consultation with the instructor on developing, articulating and researching a seminar-length (20 pp) research paper.  Two class meetings per week.

Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Ringer.

HIST 493 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CHAP 101
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CHAP 101

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Birds Without Wings Louis De Bruniere Amherst Books TBD
Islam, Secularism and Nationalism in Modern Turkey Soner Cagaptay Amherst Books TBD
Ataturk: New Intellectual Biography Sokru Hanioglu Amherst Books TBD
Streets of Memory Amy Mills Amherst Books TBD
Secularism Confronts Islam Olivier Roy Amherst Books TBD
Secular State and Religious Society Berna Turam, ed. Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2021