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CIC Victoria: A Coup in Turkey – A Tale of Democracy, Despotism and Vengeance in a Divided Land
May 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
A Coup in Turkey: A Tale of Democracy, Despotism and Vengeance in a Divided Land. In the spring of 2016, travel writer Jeremy Seal went to Turkey to investigate perhaps the most dramatic, revealing and little-known episode in the country’s history – the 1960 military coup, which deposed the traditionalist Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, who would later be executed by the ruling junta. The story of Menderes – to his adoring supporters the country’s founding democrat; to his sworn enemies its most infamous traitor – goes to the heart of the feud that continues to rage between the Western and secular ambitions of a minority elite and the religious and conservative instincts of the small-town majority. A Coup in Turkey is a thrilling account of the events leading up to the coup and the trials and executions that followed, a story of political subterfuge and score-settling, courtroom drama, state execution, authoritarian intolerance and ideological division. As he travelled through President Erdogan’s Turkey, tracking down eye-witness accounts from survivors of the Menderes era for his book, little did Jeremy know that in July 2016, Turkey would face yet another military coup attempt, one that this time would ultimately fail. In this event, author Jeremy Seal will discuss his new book and the compelling parallels between past and present in this often-troubled nation.