William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli by picryl

“They really really detested each other, they totally disapproved of each other’s way of thinking about politics and they were intense rivals in every way!”

“They hated each other, it was a brown rare relationship, Gladstone thought Disraeli was a charlatan and Disraeli thought Gladstone was mad.”

British historians had written them down as the most ruthless rivals, two excellent politicians who are feuding and wishing each other’s death. …


Queen Victoria investing the Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz with the Order of the Garter in 1867 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Royal marriages were very common among dynasties throughout the history of the monarchy. The fact that the Habsburg Dynasty ruled over wide geographies through marriages for a long time in Europe attracted the attention of all history lovers. Although not as frequent as in the Christian world, there were marriages between dynasties in the Islamic geography as well. Dynastic marriages that took place for a long time between the Seljuks and the Abbasids take their place in the dusty pages of history.

On the other hand, interfaith marriages were rare even today, but even rarer in the Middle Ages. However…


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The French Revolution is known as one of the revolutions in which the citizens’ demands for equality and freedom were achieved, and women’s role in this revolution was very decisive. Women have been at the forefront of the revolution and have internalized the revolution to a large extent with the dream of being equal and free citizens.

Well, did the French Revolution really accept women as equal and free citizens? Or, as seen in many social events such as the Iranian Revolution and the Arab Spring, did the male-dominated executive use women during the revolution and sentence her to the…


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A person’s thoughts are determined by the conditions of his/her life. According to this, real freedom becomes possible only when the conditions of life have changed”.

This is how Antisthenes, a student of Socrates and the founder of the Cynic school, gave the perfect and true formula of freedom some 2,500 years ago. Today, the cynical actions and discourses that we see consciously or unconsciously, especially in the younger generations, were also practiced by the Cynics dated back to the 4th century BC.

Well, how and in what ways did this cynicism, especially seen in the sections of Diogenes’ life…


Immanuel Kant by Wikimedia Commons

When Sophocles defined love, he said: “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love." Undoubtedly, love is such a magical word that the most virtuous feeling or is the most sinful for some, that connects us to life and allows us to embrace it passionately. Regardless, this magical state of love has an effect on human life that will completely renew or transform it.

However, this transformation does not always promise “happy endings” to us. When the loves we live do not cause a bilateral relationship, or when we desire an impossible…


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There are occasional events or situations in our lives that negatively affect our physical or mental state, perhaps leading to psychological problems. This is actually a process that should be seen as normal in human life. However, we do not take any of our actions just to cause a “bad” outcome. Bad results are partly because we understand those events differently or do not fully know the circumstances. But being liberal in Turkey is like, as the British people said “like turkeys voting for Christmas”, despite knowing it would lead to bad consequences in their life but still meant to…


Mehmed the Conqueror portrait by Gentile Bellini (Wikipedia)

The legacy of the Roman Empire, perhaps the most powerful and glorious empire in human history, turned into a legend that was tried to be used by many states for centuries and many wars were fought for this cause and many empires were founded and destroyed. After the Western Roman Empire collapsed in 476 as a result of the attacks of the Germanic tribes, this heritage was preserved by Byzantium until 1453 as the Eastern Roman Empire, and later passed to the Turks with the conquest of Constantinople by Mehmed II.

Seeing himself as Kayser-i Rûm (Caesar of the Roman…


Venizelos’un Ankara ziyareti esnasında İnönü’yle olan görüşmesinden (1930)

Yunan yazar Dido Sotiriyu’nun yazdığı “Benden Selam Söyle Anadolu’ya” kitabında geçen “Anayurduma selam söyle benden Kör Mehmet’in damadı! Benden Selam söyle Anadolu’ya ..Toprağını kanla suladık diye bize garezlenmesin … Ve kardeşi kardeşe kırdıran cellatların Allah bin belasını versin!” cümleleriyle başlayalım yazımıza. Yaklaşık bin yıldır iyisiyle, kötüsüyle, savaşıyla, barışıyla aynı coğrafyayı paylaştığımız Yunan halkı bugün kimilerine göre Ege Denizi’nin bir set oluşturduğu baş düşman, kimilerine göre zor zamanlarımızda yardımımıza koşan bir dost…

Yaşadığımız kötü tecrübeler iki toplumun da hafızasında ama madalyonun bir de öteki yüzü mevcut ve en az kötü tecrübeler kadar çeşitli içeriğe sahip. Ben de bugünkü yazımda sizleri 30'lu…


Today, in 2021, although there are many problems with gender equality in most countries around the world, humanity has made a certain progress compared to past centuries. Today, there is a woman who shows us that social equality benefits all humanity when given the opportunity and this woman deserves more until social equality is achieved. But what was the situation in the 19th century, when women first began to claim rights in a mass and organized manner, especially in England? …


Midhat Paşa

Yıldız Mahkemesine katılımcı, takipçi, şahit, sanık, avukat veya hakim olarak gelen herkes ilk günden itibaren bu mahkemenin formalite icabı kurulduğunu ya biliyorlardı ya da daha sonradan farkına vardılar. Öyle ki, mahkeme kurulunun ikinci başkanı Hristo Efendi duruşma esnasında Midhat Paşa’ya “Peki, iddianameyi nasıl buldunuz?” diye sorduğunda Paşa hafızalara kazınacak, Yıldız Mahkemesi dendiğinde ilk akla gelecek şu tarihi sözleri söyledi: “İddianamenin yalnız iki yerini açık ve doğru buldum. Birisi başındaki besmelesi diğeri de sonundaki tarihidir. Diğer yerleri yalan ve yanlış sözlerden ibarettir.”

Sadece Sultan Abdülaziz’in vefatı hakkında oluşturulan iddianamenin asılsız olması değil, kendisi hakkındaki oluşmuş yargılar da en az iddianame kadar…

Emre Gürbüz

Political Science | International Studies | History

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