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Strongman Modernization: Atatürk and His European and Iranian Counterparts

New course in Spring quarter 2006 taught by Visiting Professor Holly Shissler

The course will examine the social and political policies of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East and Southern Europe in the interwar period, focusing particularly on Turkey, Iran, Italy, and Greece.  It will attempt to analyze in what ways these regimes were radical, and how they attempted to carry out an aggressive program of modernization.

Professor Holly Shissler received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern History from UCLA.  Her research focuses on the intellectual history of the late Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic.  Her book Between Two Empires: Ahmet Agaoglu and the New Turkey was published in 2002 by  I. B. Tauris. She is currently on leave from the University of Chicago's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and is a Keddie-Balzan Fellow in the Department of History at UCLA.

For further information, see History 101 (section 2) on the History Department website.

Center for Near Eastern Studies