The Patronage of the Mightier: Ankara’s Cross-Atlantic Prescriptions from America in the 50s

Yorgun I.

Libra Kitap, İstanbul, 2019

  • Publication Type: Book / Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publisher: Libra Kitap
  • City: İstanbul
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Turco-American relations have been scrutinized in many academic books from the historical as well as from political, economic and military perspectives. However, only a handful scarcely mentioned the untouched Ibrahim Yorgun dared to touch: the untold (hi)story of the Turkish mediocre who dreamed of living in a Turkey resembling little America, a prophecy of the President of the time, while in fact, the significant percentage who were enchanted by the American lifestyle that was reflected in popular texts, literature, music, education, food and other spectrum. Ibrahim courageously looked beyond the deeds of the statesmen through official documents of the American and Turkish governments. Therefore, this challenging book serves not only historians, educationists, political scientists, and sociologists but also common folk striving to understand the happenings of the near past.