Learn about Turkey!

6th, 2013
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Europeans who are thinking about visiting Turkey are in luck. After all, while Turkey is not yet a full member of the European Union, it has established economic ties with Europe that go back decades. Currently, Turkey belongs to the Council of Nations, NATO, and is currently working on joining the European Union. It is already a partial member, and joined the European Economic Community in the 1960s. While it uses the Turkish lira instead of the euro, all of these ties with Europe make it much easier to secure a Cheap Holiday to Turkey. European travelers carrying goods to sell will definitely have an advantage over American travelers, as Turkey joined the European Union Customs Union in 1995. Of course, Turkey has been taking full advantage of its geographic benefits for years. While Europe is highly favored as a source of allies, Turkey has reached out to other regions who share its borders. Indeed, it has close political, cultural, and economic ties to all of the regions that contribute to its heritage. These include the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and North Africa.

Because of Turkey’s occupation by the Ottoman Empire, it also shares much of its past with Southeastern Europe, West Asia, and North Africa. While each part of the empire increasingly experienced its own issues under Ottoman rule as the empire grew fragmented, all of these nations were affected by the suppressing of nationalism that occurred under the Ottomans. All of these nations had to face an identity crisis at one point or another, in which folk culture and aristocratic culture had to find each other at some halfway point. This marks for an interesting cross-cultural study for anyone who is interested in learning more about Turkey and its relationship to the rest of Europe. A particularly fun way to study more about this would be to take a Turkey Holiday, as you can both enjoy yourself and enrich your mind at the same time. As for nationalism, Turkey didn’t have a hard time finding its nationalist champion when it first emerged free from the Ottoman yolk. The young Mustafa Kemal Ataturk took up military and political leadership, eventually becoming the Republic of Turkey’s first president in 1923. Reforms were undertaken to make Turkey a constitutional democracy with a long history of efforts to create a secular state.

Though most of the population of Turkey is ethnically Turkish, not all people who identify as Turkish mean that they are ethnically Turkish. This is definitely an important assumption to cast aside before embarking on your holidays to Turkey. To be Turkish can merely mean to have Turkish citizenship, after all. The other minorities in Turkey include the Armenians, the Greeks, the Jews, the Levantines, and the Kurds. The Kurds are the largest minority, consisting of 18 percent of the population. They have their own language and their own media channels. You might encounter them in your hotel room during your stay in Turkey, and you might even learn to distinguish between the languages.

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