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Ataturk in the Nazi Imagination


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Stefan Ihrig is Professor of History at the University of Haifa.


Ataturk in the Nazi Imagination by Stefan Ihrig...make[s] fascinating reading and highlight[s] the variety of ways in which the German state sought to subvert the Muslim soldiers' professional loyalty to the Allied armies in the two wars... [Ihrig] must be lauded for [his] painstaking research in producing [this] highly readable [volume] that include[s] relevant photographs as well.--Muhammad Ali Siddiqi"Dawn" (04/03/2016)
It is Stefan Ihrig's contention, in his fascinating Atatu rk and the Nazi Imagination, that it was Atatu rk who in many ways molded and inspired the Nazi enterprise.--Mitchell Abidor"Jewish Currents" (03/07/2015)
Stefan Ihrig's brilliant new book Atat rk in the Nazi Imagination demonstrates convincingly that Mustafa Kemal Atat rk's conquest of Turkey was the most important model for the Nazis' remaking of Germany, far more so than Mussolini's 1922 March on Rome, which is usually cited as Hitler's main inspiration.--David Mikics"The Tablet" (11/24/2014)
For decades, historians have seen Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch of 1923 as emulating Mussolini's 1922 March on Rome. Not so, says Stefan Ihrig in Atat rk in the Nazi Imagination. Hitler also had Turkey in mind... Atat rk's subordination of Islam to the state anticipated Hitler's strategy toward Christianity... Impeccably researched and clearly written...Ihrig's book will transform our understanding of the Nazi policies.-- (01/16/2015)
Middle Eastern heads of state have not tended to create exemplary leadership templates that aspirant rulers elsewhere have sought to emulate. But there is one notable exception: Mustafa Kemal Atat rk. In Atat rk in the Nazi Imagination, Stefan Ihrig argues that the man who created modern Turkey inspired the tyrant who sought to make Germany the hub of a new National Socialist Europe: Adolf Hitler. His argument, based on extensive study of German print media in the 1920s and 30s, is compelling... Ihrig has unearthed an important subject within Second World War scholarship that, strangely, has remained overlooked for many decades.-- (03/04/2015)
In this richly documented and exhaustively researched study, Stefan Ihrig investigates the Nazi movement's obsessive interest in modern Turkey and its leader, Mustafa Kemal Atatu rk. Focusing on the image of Atatu rk as a national savior and state-builder, Ihrig examines how fascinated the extreme Right and radical nationalists in Germany were with Atatu rk's Ankara government and its achievements in the interwar era. The resulting analysis carries some surprising findings for specialists of both German and Turkish history. Ihrig demonstrates that the Turkish nationalist movement, its leader, and his policies were much more influential for the Nazi worldview in the 1920s than many other potential examples, including Mussolini's Italy...Those who look for European right-wing echoes of single-party-era Turkey's policies will benefit from Ihrig's most seminal finding, that in the development of the Nazi movement's ideas, Atatu rk's Turkey acted as a role model...Atatu rk in the Nazi Imagination is a bold and pathbreaking book. It draws attention to a largely overlooked connection between Nazi Germany and Kemalist Turkey, and contributes to the scholarship on the cross-fertilization of authoritarian nationalist ideas in the post-World War I years...Ihrig's book is an insightful and highly original work. In the future, it will be difficult to discuss the transnational undercurrents of the radical Right in interwar Europe or German-Turkish relations under the Nazis without taking into consideration Ihrig's arguments.-- (06/01/2017)

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