HATAY: Hittites' Return

Most noteworthy non-governmental preoccupations of President-Dictator Mustafa Kamal Ataturk of Turkey are history, archeology, language. Long ago Dictator Kamal Ataturk set archeologists to work digging up old Hittite civilizations of Asia Minor. Favorite Kamal Ataturk theses— largely unconfirmed by reputable anthropologists and philologists—are that the Turk is a lateral descendant of the old Hittite, that modern Turkish springs from one of the as-yet-undeciphered Hittite languages, that all other languages spring from the Turkish.

President Kamal Atatürk's habit of renaming Anatolian villages to suit Hittite history has long kept Turkish railway...

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