In this book, Yaman Kepenç highlights the significance of Chilean-Turkish relations throughout Turkey’s struggle for state recognition. Despite their geographic remoteness, Chile and Turkey share a long diplomatic relationship from the early days of the Turkish Republic, and notably, Chile was the first country in Latin America to recognize the modern state of Turkey.
Yaman Kepenç is lecturer in diplomacy, diplomatic history, foreign policy, and Latin American studies at Hasan Kalyoncu University.
Chapter 1: Theoretical Framework
Chapter 2: Background
Chapter 3: Consolidation Process, 1926-1945
Chapter 4: Maturation, 1945-1990
Chapter 5: Turkey and Chile from the End of the Cold War until Today
An eloquent contribution to diplomatic history between two middle powers, this book offers original research regarding bilateral relations between Chile and Turkey. The first of its kind, From the Anatolian Heartland to the Andean Mountains should be commended for its in-depth study of bilateral relations between these two countries and for utilizing previously untapped Chilean and Turkish archives. Yaman Kepenç has significantly contributed to Turkish and Latin American studies.
This is an impressive book that represents a genuinely innovative contribution to the field. Kepenç elaborates on a lesser-examined period of Turkish–Chilean relations by offering a new theoretical perspective to studying diplomatic history. Despite the complexity of the comparative historical framework, the book is immensely readable. Thus, it should appeal to a wide range of readers who are interested in Latin American politics, Turkish studies, and Turkish–Chilean relations. It would also serve as teaching material in graduate or undergraduate courses on the history of Turkish foreign policy.
From the Anatolian Heartland to the Andean Mountains is an original contribution to our understanding of Chilean-Turkish relations, a subject that has been largely ignored in Turkish foreign policy. With its overview of almost a century of diplomatic relations, the book is a must-read not only to the students of political science, but also to those seeking a career in foreign services.