Siyasi Cografya Açisindan Türkiye'de Demiryolu Ulasimi [Railway Transport in Turkey from a Political Geography Perspective]

By Martykánová, Darina | The Journal of Transport History, December 2012 | Go to article overview

Siyasi Cografya Açisindan Türkiye'de Demiryolu Ulasimi [Railway Transport in Turkey from a Political Geography Perspective]


Martykánová, Darina, The Journal of Transport History


Gülpinar Akbulut, Siyasi Cografya Açisindan Türkiye'de Demiryolu Ulas imi [Railway Transport in Turkey from a Political Geography Perspective], Ani Yayincilik, Ankara (2010), 306 pp., US$25.00.

This book is a history of the construction and operation of railways in the Ottoman Empire and in the Republic of Turkey, including an analysis of the most recent developments and future perspectives. The book is divided into two main parts; the first part is a general overview of the political and, to a lesser degree, economic aspects of the development of railways from the emergence of this transport technology until nowadays; the second, focusing on the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, is itself divided in three sections. The first section contains an analysis of political and economic aspects and consequences of railway construction and operation in the domains of the Ottoman dynasty. The Ottoman Balkans and Arab lands are covered, but Anatolia (Asia Minor) is dealt with in greater detail. The next section dwells on the dynamics that shaped the development and use of railways after the creation of the Turkish Republic, from 1923 until today. The final section departs from the historical perspective of the book, offering a brief insight into the future perspectives of railway transport in Turkey, with a special emphasis on the international transport corridors.

Akbulut's study provides a detailed, comprehensive account of the history, present and possible future of railway construction and operation in Turkey. She approaches her subject from the perspective of political geography. Her narrative is based on a vast bibliography rather than on original research, and provides a great amount of data in a very accessible way. The book is a comprehensive overview, structured and written in a way that makes it particularly useful for teaching purposes, though it includes a few long-discredited interpretations of European history (such as considering geographic discoveries, Renaissance, the Reform movements, Enlightenment and the French Revolution as stages completed by European countries that thus reached the Industrial Revolution, p. 10).

The first section is valuable particularly for providing a synthesis of the development of railways in which minor powers and, in the recent period, the so-called emerging countries of the whole world feature prominently. This strength is somewhat reduced by the fact that the author systematically uses a binary division of countries into coloniser states (sömürgeci devletler) and the colonised when dealing with the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a division which is even more problematic in Turkish, as the same word can also mean 'exploiters' and 'exploited'.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Siyasi Cografya Açisindan Türkiye'de Demiryolu Ulasimi [Railway Transport in Turkey from a Political Geography Perspective]
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.