Image: Topkapı Palace from the Bosphorus, Istanbul Turkey.

Modern Turkey & Current Events: 
I know a jump from the Middle Ages to the Modern day seems rather large, but I felt it was important to propel forwards in the case of Turkey. Above is the palace of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465-1856. It’s initial construction was ordered by Sultan Mehmed II in the 1460s. 
Here’s a selection of pieces to catch you up to the modern day:
Turkey’s new direction has become the topic of fervent internal debate, with tension growing between the secular establishment — in charge for the republic’s first 80 years — and the rising conservative bourgeoisie represented by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has ruled the country for over a decade.Turkey’s Rebranding into the New, Old Ottoman Empire - The Atlantic
Keeping up with the protests in Turkey:

Q: What’s going on in Turkey? 
A: Demonstrators were camping out in Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square to protest plans to rip out trees and redevelop the area when authorities launched a violent pre-dawn raid Friday to clear them out. Protests against the police’s heavy-handed response quickly spread to cities across the country. Monday was the fourth day that riot police used tear gas in Istanbul and Ankara against protesters.
— Associated Press

But beyond the park protests, what is going on? 

hat began Friday as a small environmental rally protesting plans to tear down a six-square-block city park has ballooned into what by nearly all accounts is the largest and most-direct challenge to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime since he came to power more than a decade ago. On Monday, the demonstrations entered their fourth day, with thousands of people gathering in Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square to protest what they contend is Erdoğan’s ever-increasing authoritarianism. Erdoğan, meanwhile, has attempted to dismiss the demonstrations as the work of a vocal anti-Islam minority who have continually worked to derail his efforts to boost the Middle Eastern nation’s financial fortunes.
— The Slate’s quick cheat sheet

So the latest news brings us to what? How are these protests shaping the history of Turkey today? The most current events:

In an apparent change of tactics, Turkey’s prime minister agreed on Monday to meet with leaders of the protest movement whose opposition to the razing of a park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square was a catalyst for violent nationwide antigovernment demonstrations that began more than a week ago and escalated into a political crisis. 
…
Three people were killed and more than 2,300 injured in the violence, which revealed some deep-seated resentment toward Mr. Erdogan. Although he has widespread support across much of Turkey, the protests presented him with one of the biggest political challenges since he became Turkey’s leader a decade ago.
— The New York Times

Image: Topkapı Palace from the Bosphorus, Istanbul Turkey.

Modern Turkey & Current Events: 


I know a jump from the Middle Ages to the Modern day seems rather large, but I felt it was important to propel forwards in the case of Turkey. Above is the palace of the Ottoman Sultans from 
1465-1856. It’s initial construction was ordered by Sultan Mehmed II in the 1460s. 

Here’s a selection of pieces to catch you up to the modern day:

Turkey’s new direction has become the topic of fervent internal debate, with tension growing between the secular establishment — in charge for the republic’s first 80 years — and the rising conservative bourgeoisie represented by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has ruled the country for over a decade.

Turkey’s Rebranding into the New, Old Ottoman Empire - The Atlantic

Keeping up with the protests in Turkey:

Q: What’s going on in Turkey? 

A: Demonstrators were camping out in Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square to protest plans to rip out trees and redevelop the area when authorities launched a violent pre-dawn raid Friday to clear them out. Protests against the police’s heavy-handed response quickly spread to cities across the country. Monday was the fourth day that riot police used tear gas in Istanbul and Ankara against protesters.

Associated Press

But beyond the park protests, what is going on? 

hat began Friday as a small environmental rally protesting plans to tear down a six-square-block city park has ballooned into what by nearly all accounts is the largest and most-direct challenge to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime since he came to power more than a decade ago. On Monday, the demonstrations entered their fourth day, with thousands of people gathering in Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square to protest what they contend is Erdoğan’s ever-increasing authoritarianism. Erdoğan, meanwhile, has attempted to dismiss the demonstrations as the work of a vocal anti-Islam minority who have continually worked to derail his efforts to boost the Middle Eastern nation’s financial fortunes.

The Slate’s quick cheat sheet

So the latest news brings us to what? How are these protests shaping the history of Turkey today? The most current events:

In an apparent change of tactics, Turkey’s prime minister agreed on Monday to meet with leaders of the protest movement whose opposition to the razing of a park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square was a catalyst for violent nationwide antigovernment demonstrations that began more than a week ago and escalated into a political crisis. 

Three people were killed and more than 2,300 injured in the violence, which revealed some deep-seated resentment toward Mr. Erdogan. Although he has widespread support across much of Turkey, the protests presented him with one of the biggest political challenges since he became Turkey’s leader a decade ago.

The New York Times

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