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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Ataturk and The Republic of Turkey - Happy 84th Anniversary of the Republic!

"Ataturk and The Republic of Turkey

Today, Republic Day is celebrated throughout Turkey. On October 29, 1923, the Turkish constitution was amended and Turkey became a republic. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, capitalized on his reputation as an efficient military leader and spent his following years instituting wide-ranging and progressive political, economic, and social reforms, transforming Turkish society from perceiving itself as Muslim subjects of a vast Empire into citizens of a modern, democratic, and secular nation-state."

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