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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has frequently compared himself with Adnan Menderes, most recently after his August 10th presidential victory. This article examines the validity of this comparison, its popularity among academic historians, and its role in facilitating Erdoğan’s success. It considers how the coup that toppled Menderes in 1960 helps explain both Erdoğan’s authoritarianism and his popularity. The author characterizes Turkish politics from 1960 to the present as a series of parentheses; the latest one being the era of civilian authoritarianism that the AKP government has ushered in, thereby ending the era of military tutelage that took shape after the 1980 coup.

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Nicholas Danforth
Nicholas Danforth Nicholas Danforth is a PhD candidate in History at Georgetown University, US.
From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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