Thursday, June 09, 2005

Ataturk and Turkey

Ataturk and Turkey. Kemal Ataturk was a Turkish leader who unified his nation, forced colonial powers to leave, and modernized Turkish society. Information on the "father of the Turks".

From the site:

Ottoman sultans ruled Turkey until the end of World War I. A charismatic general named Mustafa Kemal wrestled control of the last remnant of the empire. Greece attacked Turkey in 1921 and 1922, but Kemal led the Turks to victory.

Kemal was convinced that Turkey needed to become a modern nation. He believed that if the Turkish people continued to follow their traditions, they would again be attacked by another western power. By the mid 1920s, the Turkish leader began a modernization program in Turkey.

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