A Critical and methodological assessment of Zafer Toprak’s historical studies

Yılmaz, Tülay
The main goal of this study is to examine Zafer Toprak’s methodological approach to historical studies. Toprak’s work has influenced many areas of academic disciplines such as economic and social history writing. His studies focused especially on the modernization era and the Republican period of Turkey. He stands apart from historians who came before him in respect to his approach toward social and economic life of the late Ottoman era and the early Republican period. His studies on the period of CUP (Committee of Union and Progress) demonstrate clearly how Turkish politics and society began to be shaped in a modern sense. For this thesis, first his studies on the economic history of Turkey will be reviewed in detail, with emphasis on his arguments and contribution to that field. Then, his studies on populism, feminism and anthropology will be presented in summary. In this context, his methodological perspective on historiography will be examined through the lens of his extensive historical studies. In addition, his shortcomings and contributions to these fields will be analyzed. 


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T. Yılmaz, “A Critical and methodological assessment of Zafer Toprak’s historical studies,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.