Defeat in WWI saw the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and marked the beginning of a prolonged and bloody transition to an independent Turkey, built first on the battlefield and later with diplomacy. The acclaimed historian Andrew Mango (Atatürk, 1999) has written a rich and detailed history.
The story of Atatürk ascension to power is also that of the founding of the modern Turkish state.
Andrew Mango: Andrew James Alexander Mango (born 1926) is a British author who was born in Constantinople, Turkey, one of three sons of a prosperous Anglo-Russian family. Mango's early years were passed in Constantinople(Istanbul) but in the mid-1940s he left for Ankara and a job as a press officer in the British Embassy. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1947 and has lived in London ever since. He holds degrees from London University, including a doctorate on Persian literature. He joined BBC's Turkish section and spent his entire career in the External Services, rising to be Turkish Programme Organiser and then Head of the South European Service. He retired in 1986.He is the author of the highly accalimed Atatürk: The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey, (John Murray, 1999).
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