By Perin E. Gürel
Using Turkish and English assets, Gürel maps the response of Turks to the increase of the us as a world-ordering strength within the 20th century. As Turkey transitioned from an empire to a geographical region, the country’s ruling elite projected “westernization” as an important and fascinating strength but in addition feared its cultural harm. Turkish inventory figures and figures of speech represented the United States either as a superb version for selective westernization and as a deadly resource of degeneration. whilst, U.S. coverage makers imagined Turkey from inside of their very own civilization templates, first because the major determine of Oriental barbarism (i.e., “the bad Turk”), then, in the course of the chilly struggle, nearly as good students of modernization thought. because the chilly struggle transitioned to the conflict on Terror, Turks rebelled opposed to the recent U.S.-made trope of the “moderate Muslim.” neighborhood artifacts of westernization—folk tradition crossed with American cultural exports—and trade projections of modernity turned tinder for either Turkish anti-Americanism and resistance to state-led modernization tasks.
The Limits of Westernization analyzes the complicated neighborhood makes use of of “the West” to give an explanation for how the USA may possibly turn into either the easiest and the worst within the Turkish political mind's eye. Gürel strains how rules approximately westernization and the USA have motivated nationwide heritage writing and coverage making, in addition to daily impacts and identities. Foregrounding moving tropes approximately and from Turkey—a local strength that keeps to dominate American visions for the “modernization” of the center East—Gürel additionally illuminates the transnational improvement of strong political tropes, from “the negative Turk” to “the Islamic Terrorist.”
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Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey (Columbia Studies in International and Global History) by Perin E. Gürel