By Metin Heper
Turkey is either an outdated and a brand new kingdom. whereas the Turks were residing in Anatolia for the final millennium, the rustic has undergone large Westernization because the finish of the 18th century. besides the fact that, in terms of Turkey, culture has no longer arrested modernization; particularly, the conventional has tailored itself to the fashionable. The revival of Islam and the emergence of yes ethnic identities throughout the contemporary many years haven't resulted in the reversal of growth within the financial system and democracy. there's a thriving inner most area, and the economic climate keeps to develop. on the flip of the twenty first century, Turkey is the single Muslim state with a democratic political process. even if Turkey belongs to either the West and the East, its Western credentials are extra marked. it's a member of the Council of Europe, North Atlantic Treaty association (NATO), and association for fiscal Cooperation and improvement (OECD), and it's almost immediately engaging in negotiations with the ecu Union (EU) for accession to that Union as a whole member.
The 3rd variation of the Historical Dictionary of Turkey explores the background of this interesting state via a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and thousands of cross-referenced dictionary entries on very important individuals, locations, occasions, and associations, in addition to on major political, fiscal, social, and cultural points.