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Turkey's smooth historical past has been formed by means of its society and its associations. during this fourth quantity of The Cambridge background of Turkey a crew of a few of the main exotic students of contemporary Turkey have come jointly to discover the interplay among those points of Turkish modernization. the amount starts off within the 19th century and lines the historic heritage during the reforms of the past due Ottoman Empire, the interval of the younger Turks, the struggle of Independence and the founding of the Ataturk's Republic. Thereafter, the amount makes a speciality of the Republican interval to contemplate quite a number topics together with political ideology, financial improvement, the army, migration, Kurdish nationalism, the increase of Islamism, and women's fight for empowerment. the amount concludes with chapters on artwork and structure, literature, and a quick historical past of Istanbul.

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Despite this gradualism, local administrative reform produced significant impacts throughout the period. Under the G¨ulhane decree, the first goal in the provinces was to eliminate tax-farming (iltizam) and appoint salaried agents (muhassıl) to collect taxes directly. The new collectors’ roles were more extensive than their title implied. They were supposed to explain the Tanzimat and the equality of all subjects, set up councils, collect taxes, and register taxpayers and their property. The councils were to bring together officials with representatives of the local populace to discuss tax apportionment and other issues.

Tanzimat policy represents a continuation and intensification of reform. Both the name Tanzimat and the term nizam (‘order’) had entered Turkish as loanwords from Arabic; and both terms derive from the same Arabic root, which denotes ‘ordering’. A causative or intensive form of this root, Tanzimat implies the expansion or intensification of ordering or reform, and that was 13 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 c a rt e r vau g h n f i n d l ey exactly what happened during the Tanzimat.

The catastrophes that alerted Ottomans to the menace of European imperialism began with the Russo-Ottoman War of 1768–74, ending with the disastrous Treaty of K¨uc¸u¨ k Kaynarca. That treaty launched the series of crises known to Europeans as the ‘Eastern Question’, over how to dispose of the lands under Ottoman rule. Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt (1798) was equally traumatic, although temporary in its effects compared to K¨uc¸u¨ k Kaynarca, as it showed that the imperialist threat was not localised in the European borderlands but could make itself felt anywhere.

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