A concise account of the life and career of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881 - 1938), the formidable "founder of modern Turkey", who turned the ruins of the old and ramshackle Ottoman Empire into a modern, westernised and secularised nation state. It also provides an introduction to the Turkish Republic itself. Key features: The study of Ataturk is essential to those studying the history of Modern Turkey and also useful for the study of nationalism; Turkey has recently become very important to the western powers e.g. during the Gulf War, and its recent history is now of general, not specialist, concern; a topical subject - Ataturk's achievements are currently being challenged, particularly by Islamic fundamentalists, and the collapse of the Soviet Union has reopened questions about Turkey's role which Ataturk originally seemed to have settled for good. Readership: Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate, suitable for general reader. Courses: European history in the period of WWl and it's reader aftermath, Near and Middle Eastern History, Age of Dictators.
A L Macfie has published numerous articles in academic journals, mainly on Middle Eastern diplomatic history. His publications include Ataturk in Longman's Profiles in Power series and The Straits Question 1908-36, published by the Institute for Balkan Studies