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Friday, November 10, 2006

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Ataturk watching Istanbul from a ferry

As Turkey woke on the morning of November 10, 1938, the life of Turkish soldier and statesman Mustafa Kemal came to an end. At age 57, in the early hours of a new dawn, he left the world he had helped to shape with the last words of ".. and peace be upon you.."

Today, Turks worldwide mark - and continue to mourn - the anniversary of the passing of a man who strove to create a modern Turkish state on Western values he regarded as universal.

However, with Turkey being pushed further away from Europe, what is the significance of remembering Atatürk in such a political climate?

Chapters:

  1. His Life
  2. In Memoriam
  3. Atatürk in Quotes

Addenda:

Plus:

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Sources:
Atatürk.com
Nutuk (1927, Atatürk's speech, source for the Kemalist idealogy)
Atatürk: The Rebirth of a Nation (Lord Kinross, 2001)
Atatürk - A Study (Beverley Blythe, 2000)
Jefferson and Ataturk: Political Philosophies (Garrett Ward Sheldon, 2000)
Atatürk (Andrew Mango, 2004)
Turkey's Modernization: Refugees from Nazism and Ataturk's Vision (Arnold Reisman, 2006)

Also see:
Atatürk Today
Atatürk Society of America
Daughters of Atatürk
Anzac Day
Words of Remembrance (Anzac Day)

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