By Halil Inalcik

This significant contribution to Ottoman historical past is now released in paperback in volumes: the unique unmarried hardback quantity (CUP 1995) has been greatly acclaimed as a landmark within the examine of 1 of the main enduring and influential empires of recent instances. The authors offer a richly designated account of the social and fiscal background of the Ottoman quarter, from the origins of the Empire round 1300 to the eve of its destruction in the course of international struggle One. The breadth of variety and the fullness of assurance make those volumes crucial for an figuring out of latest advancements in either the center East and the post-Soviet Balkan international.

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So did the outside world’s perceptions of Turkey. The causes of these changes are well known: the end of the Cold War, the outbreak of the Gulf War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The fall of the curtain on the last act of the Cold War in 1989 threatened to marginalize Turkey’s role in the West. Just one year later, however, the Gulf crisis and ensuing war promised a quick restoration of Turkey’s strategic role—even its enhancement—while the final collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 20 T h e Tu r k i s h – I s r a e l i R e l a t i o n s h i p opened new vistas for Ankara and freed its hand to steer foreign policy in new directions, one of which was the Middle East.

39 In this way the Turkish army began to modernize itself. But its readiness to participate in the war was a different story. Like the Cold War, the Gulf War had a paradoxical effect on Turkey. Although the crisis catapulted the country into a key strategic position regionally and internationally, its aftermath heightened security concerns about northern Iraq, and had the political consequence of further intertwining domestic security and foreign affairs. Another notable effect was that the war prepared the way for Ankara’s return to the 24 T h e Tu r k i s h – I s r a e l i R e l a t i o n s h i p Middle East, in that the Turkish state became far more active and involved in the region’s affairs than in previous decades.

But its readiness to participate in the war was a different story. Like the Cold War, the Gulf War had a paradoxical effect on Turkey. Although the crisis catapulted the country into a key strategic position regionally and internationally, its aftermath heightened security concerns about northern Iraq, and had the political consequence of further intertwining domestic security and foreign affairs. Another notable effect was that the war prepared the way for Ankara’s return to the 24 T h e Tu r k i s h – I s r a e l i R e l a t i o n s h i p Middle East, in that the Turkish state became far more active and involved in the region’s affairs than in previous decades.

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