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A dozen or so veteran politicians, including Süleyman Demirel, who had directed the Turkish political life for the last forty years were eliminated. 5 percent. The victorious JDP really is a new party not just another version of the Islamist Felicity Party. Its electoral victory, therefore, could be another turning point in Turkey’s domestic and foreign policies. It was established in 2001 by a group of dissidents, headed by Recep Tayyip Erdo

There emerged in Turkey in 1950–59, from the lower urban William H. Nichols, ‘Investment in Agriculture in Underdeveloped Countries’, American Economic Review, May 1955, p. 64. 11 For change in the economic life and the political outlook of peasantry, see John F. Kolars, Tradition, Season and Change in Turkish Village, Chicago, 1963, p. ; Daniel Lerner, The Passing of Traditional Society, 1958. H. Karpat, ‘The Turkish Elections of 1957’, Western Political Quarterly, June 1961, p. 459. 10 42   groups and semi-rural towns, a small group of capital owners along with a larger group of aggressive entrepreneurs with a rather superficial liberal view of economics.

39 among the urban intelligentsia. 5 The religious revival, which showed some vehemence at the beginning, exhausted its momentum by 1954, but without inflicting lasting damage on the basic republican modern character of the state. After 1954, the discussions on Islam, despite sporadic ominous reactionary undertones, seemed to concern themselves chiefly with the role and place of religion in the individual’s life and the freedom of worship in a democratic régime rather than with the contradictions likely to arise between Islam and a secularist political régime.

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