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. Most scholarly works on the two nations have been limited to the analysis of US-Turkish relations in the context of Cold War politics. The editors intend that this volume will begin to fill a serious gap and encourage others to study American-Turkish relations from as many aspects as possible. This book shows that when seen in a historical framework, the American Turkish encounter took place beyond the level of formal political and military ties during the Cold War period and has enduringly interacted at the level of educational, social, and cultural realms.
About the Author: Nur Bilge Criss (BA, Ankara University; MA, University of Florida; PhD, The George Washington University) is Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, and Editorial Board Member of such journals as Turkish Studies and The Middle East Review of International Affairs. She is the author of Istanbul Under Allied Occupation, 1918-1923, and Ataturk's Legacy; co-editor of Studies in Ataturk's Turkey: The American Dimension with George Harris; and co-author, with Metin Heper, of the third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Turkey. Selcuk Esenbel is Professor of Modern Japanese History in the Department of History at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. After growing up in the United States, Turkey, and Japan, she earned her PhD in Japanese History from Columbia University, New York. Her recent publications include Japan, Turkey, and the World of Islam (Brill Global Oriental, 2011), Even the Gods Rebel (Association for Asian Studies Monographs, 1998), and The Rising Sun and the Turkish Crescent (with Inaba Chiharu; Bogazici University Press, 2003). Tony Greenwood was born in Istanbul in 1952 and grew up in Baltimore and Istanbul. He has lived most of his adult life in Turkey. After graduating from Robert College, Dr Greenwood earned a BA in History at Harvard University and a PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He has been teaching part time in the History Department of Bogazici University since 1983, and has been the Director of the Istanbul branch of the American Research Institute of Turkey since 1982. Louis Mazzari is Assistant Professor in the Department of Western Languages and Literatures at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. He is the author of Southern Modernist (Louisiana State University Press, 2006) and has written a new introduction to a 1936 study of the American South, Preface to Peasantry, republished in University of South Carolina Press's Southern Classics Series. He was a primary contributor to The Encyclopedia of New England (Yale University Press, 2005) and has edited journals including the Harvard Educational Review.