|Author:||M. Sinan Niyazioğlu|
|Prepared for publication:||Mehtap Türkyılmaz – A. Beril Kırcı|
|Translated by:||John Angliss -Jane Ceylan Adar İlter|
|Publication House:||Koç Üniversitesi VEKAm|
|Size:||23 x 28 cm.|
This publication does not intend to re-run the war for the reader through familiar images of the destruction, genocide, and fighting at the front during the Second World War. Rather than the war itself, it focuses on how the war was perceived in Turkey, a country that never entered the war. The war, sweeping the globe outside Turkey’s borders was viewed by those inside the country at times with caution, and at times with worry and tension; this publication seeks to analyse the official statements, social psychology and political change encouraged by these perspectives. “Irony and Tension” first looks at the relationship between the policy of active neutrality in Ankara and the war psychology experienced in Istanbul, initially closely linked, which later went through a process of unravelling. In the conclusion section, it aims to introduce the reader, the images and visual representations reflected in the discourse of a “New Turkey”, liberated from war paranoia looking confidently towards the future, which was used by the Democratic Party in its successful 1950 eleelection campaign.