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The United States Response to Turkish Nationalism and Reform, 1914-1939

Author:

Roger R. Trask

The United States Response to Turkish Nationalism and Reform, 1914-1939

Professor Trask analyzes a critical period in the history of relations between the United States and Turkey. The period from the beginning of World War I to the start of World War II, covered in this book, forms a significant part of the background necessary to an understanding of the present political importance to America of the Middle East.

Professor Trask analyzes a critical period in the history of relations between the United States and Turkey. The period from the beginning of World War I to the start of World War II, covered in this book, forms a significant part of the background necessary to an understanding of the present political importance to America of the Middle East.

The United States Response to Turkish Nationalism and Reform, 1914-1939

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The history of Turkish-American relations in the early years of the twentieth century, before World War II, forms a significant part of the background necessary to an understanding of the present political importance to America of the Middle East. This book, after a brief introduction covering the period before 1914, analyzes in detail the course of relations between Turkey and the United States from the beginning of World War I to the start of World War II.

The period which Professor Trask covers in this study was a critical time in both nations’ histories. The relations between the two countries varied from cool neutrality (1914) to a rupture of formal ties (1917) to rapprochement (by 1939). Conditions affective Turkish-American contacts included two world wars, a major world depression, and, especially, a Turkish nationalist revolution under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk. Professor Trask analyzes the process of American accommodation to this revolution, with emphasis on diplomatic, political, economic, social, and cultural ties, and points out the implications for the balance of power during World War II and the cold war.

The United States Response to Turkish Nationalism and Reform, 1914-1939

Roger R. Trask was an associate professor of history at Macalester College.

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