University Press of America
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978-0-7618-6189-8 • Hardback • December 2014 • $114.00 • (£88.00)
978-0-7618-6190-4 • eBook • December 2014 • $108.00 • (£83.00)
Yusuf Turan Çetiner has been a diplomat in the Turkish MFA since 1995. His works and various articles concentrate on the issues of XXth century diplomatic history and problems of reinterpreting major foreign policy issues. Turkey and the West: From Neutrality to Commitment is his first book and a major work completed within the span of more than a decade.
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1. Scope and the Contention
2. A Challenged Neutrality: Turkey Under the Pressure of Emerging Rivals (1938–1940)
3. The War and Neutral Obligations: Turkish Foreign Policy Vis-à-Vis the Shifting Sands of Wartime Diplomacy (1941–1945)
4. Tensions Revealed: Prelude to War Cold and Hot, and the Beginnings of the Turkish Quest for Security (1946)
5. Turkey’s Transformation Amidst Forceful Change and Turkish Strategies in Adapting to a New Security Environment (1945–1947)
6. War, Cold: Launching of the Western Security Pacts and a Re-Assessment of Turkish Role in the Middle East (1948–1949)
7. War, Hot: The Test of Wills in the Korean War and the Turkish Involvement in the Conflict (1950–1952)
8. The Northern Tier Arrangements and the Prelude to Regional Divergences (1953–1958)
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About the Author
Dr. Çetiner unravels the complexities of the period—from the dark war years in which Turkish vulnerability was manifestly obvious to the outbreak of the Korean War. His perspective is unique, having access to the Archives of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs [which are not open to the public], and his range of contacts with Turkish diplomats.
An attentive reading of this book will repay the reader with a greater appreciation of the complex issues of the period and of the difficult evaluations and choices that were made by Turkish leaders. History does not repeat itself, so no direct "lessons" can be drawn for the present situation, in which new ambiguities, difficulties and opportunities have arisen; but the study of momentous periods of the recent past carries its own rewards.
— Martin Kolinsky, author of Britain's War in the Middle East: Strategy and Diplomacy, 1936–1942
This book is a study of the key developments in Turkish foreign policy from the second half of the 1930s to the end of 1950s. It represents an important contribution to our understanding of this pivotal period which, in terms of the Turkish role in European and Middle Eastern contemporary history, is yet to be fully explored. An objective and detached analysis of Turkish foreign policy during this often neglected period is very much required in order to fully understand the development of Turkey’s orientation in the world today.
— Pat Walsh, author of Britain’s Great War on Turkey