Anti–westernism in Turkey

Hakkı Taş (2014) ‘Anti–westernism in Turkey,’ Open Democracy, March 11. Full Text

Excerpt: Conspiracy theories have a long shelf life in Turkey. Such narratives, mostly drawing parallels between the imperial history of Europe and its political ambitions today, rely on an inflated self-confidence and superiority complex. The underlying assumption of these conspiracy theories is that Turkey’s unbridled rise and political potency challenges and annoys the hegemonic western powers. Considering the discrepancy between political reality and national self-perception, these explanations flattering many Turks might really sell.

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