The Unknown Turks

Mustafa Kemal Paşa, Nationalist Ankara
and Daily Life in Anatolia

Clarence K Streit (1896–1986)
Edited and annotated by Heath W Lowry

Published by Bahçeşır University Press

£29.50 / $39.29 / 154.08 TL
($/TL approx)



‘Includes never before published photos of Anatolia.’
Book Description

This book is based on the notes and photos of U.S. journalist Clarence K. Streit, who visited Ankara in 1920 and 1921, and includes never before published photos of Anatolia.

Streit was known as the founder of an international movement aimed at forming a confederation to prevent war. During his two months of travel to Anatolia, Streit took nearly 200 photos, 120 of which are included in the book. Streit was able to speak with many memorable people during his visits, and was the first journalist to interview Atatürk after he became the president of the assembly,

Streit returned to Paris after his Anatolian travels and designed a draft plan for the book, which he called Unknown Turks (Bilinmyen Türkler)

The book was refused by publishing houses in the U.S. and England because Streit praised Atatürk for his success and claimed that the first Turkish Republic in history would be founded.

Heath Lowry met Streit in 1983 in Washington through one of his students, Uğur Doğan. Streit gave him a copy of his book because he wanted to see it printed in both Turkish and English. But 25 years passed before Lowry could begin working on it. After documents and photos of Streit were published in 2007, Lowry began work on the book. Streit died in 1986.

His photographs are the basis of the book along with the original handwritten draft.

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