Research Programs: Fellowships for University Teachers

Period of Performance

9/1/2003 - 8/31/2004

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

Nationalism and Modernity in Turkey

FAIN: FA-37700-03

Carter V. Findley
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1349)

No project description available

Media Coverage

"Mücadele, Radikallerle Muhafazakarlar Arasinda (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ibrahim Altay
Publication: Sabah Pazar
Date: 10/30/2011
Abstract: full page article about the book, based on interview done in Istanbul
URL: http://

"Modern Türkiye Tarihi" (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sadrettin Kusoglu
Publication: Aksam Kitap
Date: 11/11/2011

Türkiye'nin Iki Yüzyillik Tarihini Inceleyen Amerika'li Tarihçi Carter V. Findley (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Hasan Hüseyin Kemal
Publication: Yeni Aktüel
Date: 10/30/2011

Cuneyt Özdemir show, CNN Türk (Media Coverage)
Publication: CNN Turk
Date: 10/10/2011
Abstract: live television interview with major Turkish news talk show host.
URL: http://

Review of book (Review)
Author(s): Robert Olson
Publication: American Historical Review
Date: 1/4/2011
Abstract: book review

Out with the fez and into the EU (Review)
Author(s): Simon Ross Valentine
Publication: Church Times
Date: 4/15/2011
Abstract: book review

200 Years of Islam and Politics in Turkey (Review)
Author(s): na,
Publication: Today's Zaman
Date: 2/26/2011
Abstract: book review

Associated Products

Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity: A History, 1789-2007 (Book)
Title: Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity: A History, 1789-2007
Author: Carter Vaughn Findley
Abstract: Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity reveals the historical dynamics propelling two centuries of Ottoman and Turkish history. As mounting threats to imperial survival necessitated dynamic responses, ethnolinguistic and religious identities inspired alternative strategies for engaging with modernity. A radical, secularizing current of change competed with a conservative, Islamically committed current. Crises sharpened the differentiation of the two currents, forcing choices between them. The radical current began with the formation of reformist governmental elites and expanded with the advent of “print capitalism,” symbolized by the privately owned, Ottoman-language newspapers. The radicals engineered the 1908 Young Turk revolution, ruled empire and republic until 1950, made secularism a lasting “belief system,” and still retain powerful positions. The conservative current gained impetus from three history-making Islamic renewal movements, those of Mevlana Halid, Said Nursi, and Fethullah Gülen. Powerful under the empire, Islamic conservatives did not regain control of government until the 1980s. By then they, too, had their own influential media. Findley's reassessment of political, economic, social, and cultural history reveals the dialectical interaction between radical and conservative currents of change, which alternately clashed and converged to shape late Ottoman and republican Turkish history.
Year: 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Type: Single author monograph


2010 Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies
Date: 4/12/2011
Organization: Association for the Study of Nationalities
Abstract: Carter Vaughn Findley has written an important book on the Ottoman and Turkish past that provides insights for the future of the Turkish Republic. Findley beautifully illustrates the simultaneous colonial and anti-colonial challenges that the Ottoman elites faced in the 19th century. Distancing himself from the voluminous literature that views Modern Turkish history as a linear progression and triumph of secularism over Islam, Findley highlights the dialectic between radical/secularizing and conservative/Islamic currents and reminds us that both are consistent with Gokalp's classic definition of Turkishness from the turn of the 20th century. Turkey, Islam. Nationalism, and Modernity accurately reconstructs the various intellectual currents and brings to life a wide range of literary products. This is a work of a historian that provides insight for developments both in electoral politics and the politics of identity in contemporary Turkey.

Modern Türkiye Tarihi: Islam, Milliyetçilik ve Modernlik, 1789-2007 (Book)
Title: Modern Türkiye Tarihi: Islam, Milliyetçilik ve Modernlik, 1789-2007
Author: Carter V. Findley
Editor: (trans.) Günes Ayas
Abstract: Carter V. Findley, Türkiye’nin iki yüz yillik modernlesme tarihini derinlikli analizler, çarpici tespitler ve zengin bir kaynakçayla anlattigi bu kitabiyla, tarih kitapligimiza bir basucu eseri armagan ediyor. Modern Türkiye Tarihi Osmanli Imparatorlugu’nun son dönemini ve kurulusundan bugüne Türkiye Cumhuriyeti’ni yakindan tanimak isteyen herkes için ideal bir kaynak niteliginde.
Year: 2011