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Norman Stone (1941–2019)

The late Norman Stone was Professor in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara from 1997 to 2019. Previously he had been a former Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford, fellow of the University of Cambridge and foreign policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher. He was the author of The Eastern Front 1914-1917 (1975), which won the Wolfson History Prize, Hitler (1980), Europe Transformed 1878-1919 (1983), which won the Fontana History of Europe Prize, World War I: A Short History (2007), Turkey: A Short History and Hungary: A Short History (2019). For some years Norman Stone kept a house in the Galata neighbourhood of Istanbul. In the last two years he was based in Budapest.


  • The Intelligence of Ármin Vámbéry

    From Issue 58

    Norman Stone chronicles the colourful but shadowy life of a lame Hungarian orphan who grew up to become a polyglot Orientalist with friends in high places. Having set out to prove the links between the Hungarian and Turkish languages, he soon became embroiled in the Great Game, working for ‘The Times’ and on the payroll of the British secret service

  • Lenin’s éminence grise

    From Issue 57

    Prodigiously talented and duplicitous, Parvus Efendi was a larger-than-life writer, arms dealer, fixer and bon vivant. Norman Stone sizes up the grand capitalist who oiled the wheels of the Russian Revolution and ingratiated himself with the Young Turks

  • Setting the Scene: The Tower and the Glory

    The European City

    From Issue 51

    For 700 years, the European quarter was home to Genoese, Jews, Greeks and many others. Norman Stone charts the district’s changing fortunes

  • The True Orientalist

    From Issue 50
  • The Fatal Flaw

    August 17, 1999

    From Issue 19

    Norman Stone introduces a special report by rescuers and writers on the August earthquake and its aftermath

  • Crimea

    A Brief History of an Unnecessary War

    From Issue 36

    The Crimean War of 1853–56 which ended 150 years ago this year [2006] now seems very remote. Why were Great Britain and France, in alliance with Ottoman Turkey, fighting Russia in the Black Sea? Norman Stone investigates the causes and reviews an exhibition of Crimean War memorabilia at the Sadberk Hanim Museum.

  • Trotsky on Prinkipo

    From Issue 28

    Exiled by Stalin in 1929, Trotsky went to live on the Princes Islands near Istanbul. For four years he fished, wrote and developed the doctrine of Trotskyism. Remarkable photographs from the David King Collection show a quiet, ordered existence. Norman Stone uncovers the plotting that lay behind it

  • Birth of a Nation

    Diplomacy in Ankara

    From Issue 39

    How the Republic put Ankara on the map

  • The Republic

    From Issue 17
  • A Cold, Harsh Reality

    From Issue 42

    In this short history of the long-troubled city of Kars, the controversial academic Norman Stone has some words of advice for the Armenians.

  • A Good Man in Albania

    From Issue 46

    Norman Stone reviews ‘Albania’s Greatest Friend: Aubrey Herbert and the Making of Modern Albania. Diaries and Papers 1904–1923

  • Swept Away by History

    From Issue 33

    A novel that describes the Greek experience during Turkey’s War of Independence

  • Othmar’s Dream

    The photographs of Othmar Pferschy, 1898–1981

    From Issue 35

    After the grim years of the early 1920s, Turkey experienced a brief period of euphoria. A new Republic was born, and new faces appeared in this land of hope, among them the brilliant but now forgotten photographer Othmar Pferschy (1898–1984), who turned up on the Orient Express in 1926 and stayed for 40 years. In 2005 his daughter Astrid von Schell donated his archives to Istanbul Modern, who staged his first-ever retrospective. Cornucopia has selected some of his most poetic images. Norman Stone examines why it was that so many Central Europeans were drawn to Turkey.

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