“Getting History Wrong Is An Essential Part Of Being A Nation” Ernest Renan

Nikos Christofis

Book reviews


Leda Papastefanaki and M. Erdem Kabadayι (eds.), Working in Greece and Turkey. A Comparative Labour History from Empires to Nation-States, 1840–1940, New York-Oxford: Berghahn, 2020, Social History, vol. 26, no. 4, 2021, pp. 469-471.

Berna Pekesen (ed.), Turkey in Turmoil: Social Change and Political Radicalization during the 1960s, Oldenbourg: De Gruyter, 2020, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies DOI: 10.1080/13530194.2021.1993463.

Vivi Kefala, International Politics in the Middle East and Unsolved Conflcits: Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Athens: Sideris, 2021, Avgi, 5 September (in Greek)

Ayşe Parla, Precarious Hope: Migration and the Limits of Belonging in Turkey, Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review [https://polarjournal.org/2021/02/02/precarious-hope-review/].


Tahir Abbas, Contemporary Turkey in Conflict: Ethnicity, Islam and Politics, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017, New Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 126-128.

Cuma Çiçek, The Kurds of Turkey: National, Religious and Economic Identities, London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2017, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 286-287. 


Toygar Sinan Baykan, The Justice and Development Party in Turkey: Populism, Personalism, Organization, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2018, LSE Review of Books, 27 August.


Spyros Sakellaropoulos, The Cypriot Social Formation (1191–2004): From the Establishment to the Partition, Athens: Topos, 2017, Social Cohesion and Development, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 181-183.

Erik J. Zürcher, Turkey. A Modern History, 4th edition, London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2017, The Turkish Studies Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 222-225.

Dimitris Stamatopoulos (ed.), Balkan Nationalism(s) and the Ottoman Empire, 3 vols. The ISIS Press: Istanbul, 2015, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 605-607.

Senem B. Çevik and Philip Seib (eds.), Turkey’s Public Diplomacy, Palgrave: Basingstoke, 2015, Journal of Global Analysis, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 97-99. 

Şakir Dinçşahin, State and Intellectuals in Turkey: The Life and Times of Niyazi Berkes, 1908-1988, Lexington: London and New York, 2015, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 819-820.

Mladen Ostojic, Between Justice and Stability: The Politics of War Crimes Prosecutions in Post-Milosevic Serbia, Ashgate: Burlington, 2014, East European Politics, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 239-241.


Edward Cohn, The High Title of a Communist: Postwar Party Discipline and the Values of the Soviet Regime, Northern Illinois University Press; DeKalb IL, 2015, Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 69, no. 7, pp. 1135-1136. 

Emmanuele Saccarelli and Latha Varadarajan, Imperialism: Past and Present, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2015; Roger Hardy, The Poisoned Well: Empire and its Legacy in the Middle East, Hurst & Co: London, 2016, Political Studies Review, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 679–680.

Simon A. Waldman and Emre Çalıskan, The New Turkey and its Discontents, Hurst & Co: London, 2016, Political Studies Review, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 681.

Kaya Genç, Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey, I. B. Tauris: London and New York, 2016, LSE Review of Books, 5 April. 

Alexandros Lamprou, Nation-Building in Modern Turkey: The ‘People’s Houses’, the State and the Citizen, I. B. Tauris: London, 2015, Political Studies Review, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 334-335.


Ronald Grigor Suny, They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else. A History of the Armenian Genocide, Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ, 2015, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 518–520.

Niyazi Kızılyürek, Şiddet Mevsiminin Saklı Tarihi, Heterotopia: Limassol, 2015, The Cyprus Review, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 163-167.

Ilter Turan, Turkey’s Difficult Journey to Democracy: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2015, Political Studies Review, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 636-637.

Georgios Karyotis and Roman Gerodimos (eds.), The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece in the Eurozone Crisis, Palgrave: Basingstoke, 2015, Political Studies Review, vol. 14, no. 3, p. 476.

David Coates, America in the Shadow of Empires, Palgrave: Basingstoke, 2014; Jeanne Morefield, Without Imperialism: Anglo-American Decline and the Politics of Deflection, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2014, Political Studies Review, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 304-305.

Hakan Yilmaz and Çağla E. Aykaç (eds.), Perceptions of Islam in Europe: Culture, Identity and the Muslim ‘Other’, I. B. Tauris: London, 2010, Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 110-113. 

Arolda Elbasani and Olivier Roy (eds.), The Revival of Islam in the Balkans: From Identity to Religiosity, Palgrave: Basingstoke, 2015, LSE Review of Books, 11 April.  


Rüstem Köken, Memories of a 64th Generation Cypriot, Başak Matbaacılık: Ankara, 2013, The Cyprus Review, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 125-127. 

Vally Lytra (ed.), When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship since 1923, Ashgate: Farnham, 2014, Insight Turkey, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 256-258. 

Spyridon N. Litsas and Aristotle Tziampiris (eds.), The Eastern Mediterranean in Transition: Multipolarity, Politics and Power, Ashgate: Farnham, 2015, Changing Turkey in a Changing World [http://changingturkey.com/2015/12/25/book-reviewthe-easternmediterranean-in-transition-multipolarity-politics-and-power-by-nikos-christofis/].

George Kyrris, The Europeanisation of a Contested Statehood: The EU in northern Cyprus, Ashgate: Farnham, 2015, LSE Review of Books, 7 October.

James-Ker Lindsay, Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution, I. B. Tauris: London and New York,   LSE Review of Books, 6 July.          

Fevzi Bilgin and Ali Sarıhan (eds.), Understanding Turkey’s Kurdish Question, Lexington: Lanham, Boulder-New York, 2013, Political Studies Review, vol. 13, no. 3, p. 466.

İsmet Akça, Ahmet Bekmen and Barış Alp Özden (eds.), Turkey Reframed: Constituting Neoliberal Hegemony, Pluto Press: London, 2013, Political Studies Review, vol. 13, no. 3, p. 464.

Kostis Kornetis, Children of the Dictatorship: Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the “Long 1960s” in Greece, Berghahn: London, 2013, Political Studies Review, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 451-452.

Brian Mello, Evaluating Social Movement Impacts: Comparative Lessons from the Labor Movement in Turkey, Bloomsbury: London, 2013, Political Studies Review, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 315-316.


Birol Başkan, From Religious Empires to Secular States: State Secularization in Turkey, Iran, and Russia, Routledge: London and New York, Political Studies Review, vol. 13, no. 4, p. 588.

John Sakkas, Britain and the Greek Civil War 1944-1949: British Imperialism, Public Opinion and the Coming of the Cold War, Harassowitz Verlag: Wiesbaden, 2013, The Cyprus Review, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 179-182.

Christos N. Teazis, Ikincilerin Cumhuriyeti. Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, Patakis: Athens, 2013, and Nikos Moudouros, The Transformation of Turkey. From Kemalist Dominance to “Islamic” Neo-liberalism, Alexandria: Athens, 2012, Contemporary Issues, vol. 126, pp. 85-88 [in Greek].

Marios Efthymiopoulos and Zenonas Tziarras (eds.), The Cyprus Republic: Foreign Policy Dimensions, University Studio Press: Thessaloniki, 2013, Eleftheria Newspaper, 24 April.

A review of the Cyprus Critical History Archive, Nicosia, Cyprus, 21 March [http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/8354].   


Georgos Georgis – Yannos Katsouridis (eds.), The Cypriot Left During the First Period of the British Colonialism: Emergence, Formation, Development, Taxideftis: Athens, 2013, The Cyprus Review, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 137-140.

Christopher S. Wilson, Beyond Anıtkabır: The Funerary Architecture of Atatürk. The Construction and Maintenance of National Memory, Ashgate: Farnham, 2013, Changing Turkey in a Changing World, [url:http://changingturkey.com/2014/01/06/book-review-beyond-anitkabir-the-funeraryarchitecture-of-ataturk-by-nikos-christofis/].

Özge Kemahlıoğlu, Agents or Bosses? Patronage and Intra-party Politics in Argentina and Turkey, ECPR: Colchester, 2012, Journal of Global Faultlines, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 163-165.

Şükrü Hanioğlu, Atatürk: An Intellectual Biography, Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ, 2011, New Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 3.


Rifat N. Bali, Revival of Islam in Turkey in the 1950s Through the Reports of American Diplomats, Libra: Istanbul, 2011, Journal of American Studies of Turkey, vol. 35-36, pp. 161-162.


Gavin Brockett (ed.), Towards a Social History of Modern Turkey– Essays in Theory and Practice, Libra: Istanbul, 2011, Journal of American Studies of Turkey, vol. 33-34, pp. 118-120.

Ahmet T. Kuru and Alfred Stepan (eds.), Democracy, Islam and Secularism in Turkey, Columbia University Press:   New     York,   2012, Changing Tukey in a Changing World [http://changingturkey.com/2012/09/17/book-    review-ahmet-t-kuru-and-alfred-stepaneds-democracy-islam-and-secularism-in-turkey-reviewed-by-nikos-christofis/].