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Are We Captives of History? - Edgeir Benum

Are We Captives of History?

Historical Essays on Turkey & Europe

Edgeir Benum (Redaktør) ; Alf Johansson (Redaktør) ; Jan-Erik Smilden (Redaktør) ; Alf Storrud (Redaktør)

One of the most central questions in European politics today is the complex relationship between Turkey and the European Union. To better understand the controversies and ambiguities aroused by this issue it is necessary to go back in history. Les mer
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One of the most central questions in European politics today is the complex relationship between Turkey and the European Union. To better understand the controversies and ambiguities aroused by this issue it is necessary to go back in history. In 1529 and 1683, the conquering armies of the Ottoman Empire appeared at the gates of Vienna, threatening to overrun central Europe. But in recent years Turkey, with its 70 million mostly Muslim inhabitants, has been seeking closer integration with Western Europe, knocking at the door of Brussels. The ensuing debates on the possible Turkish membership of the European Union frequently evoke attitudes seemingly conditioned by an historical memory of one form or another, often originating centuries ago. The essays in this volume examine the assumptions, images and stereotypes developed about the 'Other' through the long historical relationship, focusing especially on European images of 'the Turk'. They also explore the interaction of the two parties at different times and in different geographical locations. Chronologically, they range from the origins of the 'East/West controversy' in classical times, to the present question concerning the future relationship of Turkey and 'Europe'. This volume provides a valuable source of knowledge for those interested in the persistence, as well as in the transformation, of basic notions through history, and in seeking a deeper under standing of how present day attitudes and arguments are related to historical memory.
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Forlag: Oslo Academic Press
Innbinding: Paperback
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9788274772809
Format: 18 x 26 cm
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Foreword3(7)




Introduction: In the Shadow of 1683

7(6)




Jan-Erik Smilden





The Ancient Origin of the East/West Controversy

13(18)




Jon W. Iddeng





The Genealogy of the `Other': The Turks, Islam and Europe

31(40)




Mustafa Soykut





When the Turks saved the Greek Cypriots

71(12)




Jan-Erik Smilden





Turkey seen from Europe's `Near East', the Balkans

83(10)




Svein Mønnesland





The Image of the Turks and Turkey as depicted by Scandinavian Travellers

93(12)




Bernt Brendemoen





The Turks in Norwegian Legends

105(8)




Ann Helene Bolstad Skjelbred





An Islamic Road to Europe?

113(16)




Bjørn Olav Utvik





Turkey's Ambiguous Identity: The Symbolic Significance of EU Membership

129(20)




Pinar Tank

List of Contributors149(2)
Earlier publications of Tid og Tanke151