Insight Turkey Volume 19 No. 1 Book Reviews

Understanding Transatlantic Relations: Whither the West?

A valuable book that helps to better understand the spiky path in the relations between Western countries on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Living in the Ottoman Realm: Empire and Identity, 13th to 20th Centuries

This book is a result of collaboration between the two historians who deal with early-modern (Isom-Verhaaren) and modern (Schull) history.

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Islamist Thinkers in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic

Late Ottoman intellectual history, especially the nineteenth century, was seen by Bernard Lewis and Niyazi Berkes as a “natural evolution” towards a “new” Republican Turkey leading up to the modernization/secularization of the country.

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A Concise History of Bosnia

Cathie Carmichael’s book integrated the political, economic and cultural history of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

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Religion in Today’s World: Global Issues, Sociological Perspectives

With the rising new wave of religious-phobia in the world, understanding what lies behind the phenomenon of religion has never been so important.

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ISIS: A History

As of this writing in late February 2017, ISIS has lost much territory and financial capital since their peak a year or so ago, when the book under discussion was about to go to press.

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Obama’s Foreign Policy: Ending the War on Terror

By effectively defining the war on terror rhetoric, this heritage of Bush to Obama becomes the rhetorical lynchpin for the American foreign policy and everyday life in the post-9/11 era.

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A Tale of Four Augusts: Obama’s Syria Policy

As Barack Hussein Obama’s second term in the office finalized, one of the hottest debates about his administration recently has been the American foreign policy towards Syria.

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Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin

In his book, Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin, William Zimmerman illustrates how the Russian political system unfolded in roughly a century from the Bolshevik Revolution to the beginning of Putin’s third term of the presidency, 2012.

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Will Africa Feed China?

The recent rise in global food prices, China’s rise and its aggressive overseas agricultural investment policies resulted in the Western media labelling it the leading “land grabber” in Africa and the world.

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