History at IHU – A Course and A Program

Short Bio of Halil Berktay:

HALİL BERKTAY (b. 1947), historian, Prof. Dr., Ibn Haldun University (since May 2017). Previously, a member of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University (1998-2016); emeritus professor since 31st January 2016. Former History Program Coordinator, Turkish Studies Program Coordinator, Sabanci Summer School Coordinator, and Sabanci-Harvard Summer School Coordinator at the same university.

BA and MA in Economics, Yale University (USA), 1968. Ph.D. History, University of Birmingham, UK, 1991. Has also taught (as an assistant or junior lecturer) at the Political Sciences Faculty of Ankara University; (as a full-time academic) at Middle East Technical University and Boğaziçi University; and (as a visiting professor) at Michigan (Ann Arbor) as well as, on two separate occasions at Harvard (1997 and 2007-2008).

Research interests: historiography (general and Turkish); debates over pre-capitalist modes of production and theories of feudalism; attempts at conceptualising the Ottoman social formation; the formation of Turkish nationalism and national memory; revolutions and military takeovers; the Turkish revolutions in comparative perspective; the human costs of modernity and the nation-state; remembering and forgetting; history curricula and textbooks in the Balkans; history of Marxism and socialism.