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Do you think Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's reforms destroyed traditional Turkish culture?

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  • Turkish culture changed, but not destroyed.

    Turkey needed to modernize at the end of the Ottoman Empire, and
    Mustafa Kemal Ataturk led the way. Ataturk defeated the Allies sent to
    defeat his new army and created the Republic of Turkey on Western
    principles. If anything, Ataturk saved his people instead of destroying
    Turkish culture.Turkey would have been ruled by someone else and then Turkish tradition would have been eaten away for sure.

  • Turks Needed to Modernize

    Turkey needed to modernize at the end of the Ottoman Empire, and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk led the way. Ataturk defeated the Allies sent to defeat his new army and created the Republic of Turkey on Western principles. If anything, Ataturk saved his people instead of destroying Turkish culture. Had he not done anything, Turkey would have been ruled by someone else and then Turkish tradition would have been eaten away for sure.

  • Traditional Turkish culture was changed, but not destroyed.

    Atatürk introduced many radical reforms which, although significantly changed Turkey's traditional culture, did not destroy it. Many Turkish traditions persevere to this day. It could also argued that the reforming and modernizing traditional Turkish culture, Atatürk made it compatible with modern society so that it was not completely swept away with development.

  • Ataturks Reforms Strengthened Turkish Culture

    Ataturk was a strong Turkish nationalist. He wanted to remove the Arabic influences of the Ottoman Empire and create a secular Turkish state. Rather than weaken Turkish culture, he actually strengthened it by dampening foreign influences. He helped transform the wreckage of a multi-national empire into a fairly modern national state based on the Turkish people.

  • Traditional Turkish culture is doing just fine.

    At the core of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's reforms were a reformation of Islam and the Westernization of his nation. I do not think that either of those goals, which were mostly successful, destroyed traditional Turkish culture. Instead, it brought Turkey into the modern era, assuring its survival and relevancy to this day.


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