Turkism and the Soviets: The Turks of the World and Their Political Objectives

Turkism and the Soviets: The Turks of the World and Their Political Objectives

Turkism and the Soviets: The Turks of the World and Their Political Objectives

Turkism and the Soviets: The Turks of the World and Their Political Objectives

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Preliniinary thought and collection of material for this study began at the time of my first wartime visit to Turkey and the Balkans (1945 to 1947). Later, as a member of the early U.S. Military Mission to Turkey (1948 to 1950) under the GreekTurkish Aid Programe, it was possible to continue academic pursuit of my interest in this question. Returning from Turkey in 1950, I was assigned to the U.S. Air Force's far-sighted graduate-training program at Georgetown University to undertake a course leading to a graduate degree in international relations. In this period I had the good fortune to become associated with Dr. Stefan T. Possony, who guided me in writing a shorter study, 'The Pan-Turanian Appeal.' This work was brought to fruition with the invaluable advice of an earnest scholar of Turkish affairs, Dr. Kerim K. Key. In 1951, while assigned to Headquarters, United States Air Force, in Washington, I was able to continue work at Georgetown University.

The United States Air Force, recognizing the need for trained Near Eastern specialists, assigned me to the American University of Beirut for a two year training program in 1953. Being again in the Near East was invaluable and the atmosphere of the American University of Beirut aided progress of the study. Of equal importance was the opportunity to travel to Istanbul, Ankara, Cairo, London, Paris, etc., where interviews and material otherwise unobtainable were secured. Full credit for assistance should be extended to the persons interviewed (mentioned in text), as well as to Professor Zeine N. Zeine, Chairman of the Department of History, American University of Beirut, and Dr. Nabih Amin Faris of that University for their guidance. Mr. Wlodzimierz Baczkowski provided certain translations, experienced advice, and the use of his private collection. Dr. Kerim K. Key of American University, Washington, D.C., Professor Enver Ziya Karal of Ankara University, and Dr. Stefan T. Possony of Georgetown University offered invaluable suggestions, corrections, and direction. Mrs. Martha Loughlin did a careful job of typing the final draft. Finally, tribute and thanks must go to my wife, who . . .

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