AMERICAN TURKISH ENCOUNTERS, POLITICS AND CULTURE, 1830-1989
edited by Nur Bilge Criss, Selçuk Esenbel, Tony Greenwood and Louis Mazzari
(Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne)
Turkey and the United States have been critically important to each other since the beginning of the Cold War. The history of Turkish-American relations includes not only strategic, but also political, social, cultural and intellectual dimensions. While critical to understanding Turkish-American relations, these dimensions rarely surface in today’s discourse, which reduces bilateral relations to issues currently being contested. In reality, the encounter between East and West embodied in Turkish-American interactions ranges from the official and diplomatic, to unofficial and informal exchanges at the social and individual level; while often compatible and friendly, such interactions occasionally have been less so. Authors from both countries developed a variety of perspectives on their interactions through original research that will enable both specialists and general readers to appreciate its many facets. Nur Bilge Criss is Assistant Professor in International Relations at Bilkent.