A Traveller's History of Turkey offers a full and accurate portrait of the region from Prehistory right up to the present day. Particular emphasis is given to those aspects of history which have left their marks on the sites and monuments that are still visible today.
Modern Turkey is the creation of the present century, but at least seven ancient civilisations had their homes in the region. Turkey also formed a significant part of several empires - those of Persia, Rome, and Byzantium - before becoming the center of the opulent Ottoman Empire. All of these great cultures have left their marks on the landscape, architecture, and art of Turkey, a place of bewildering facets where East meets West with a flourish.
Richard Stoneman's concise and readable account covers everything including the legendary Flood of Noah, the early civilisation of Catal Hoyuk seven thousand years before Christ, the treasures of Troy, Alexander the Great, the Romans, Seljuks, Byzantines, and the Golden Age of the Sultans to the twentieth century's great changes wrought by Kemal Atatürk.
Its up-to-the-minute coverage includes developments in the twenty-first century including the progess of Turkey's application to join the European Community and the simmering issue of Islamic fundamentalism, which make this fast-growing country a focus of the world's attention.