Education: Turkey Talk

An indomitable modernizer is Turkey's swart Dictator Mustafa Kemal Pasha. Having forbidden public reading of the Koran in Arabic, decreed substitution of the Latin alphabet for the old Arabic and given Turkey a new calendar, Dictator Kemal lately turned to history as taught in the schools. He caused an official textbook to be prepared for cheap and universal circulation. The first volume tells how Turkey passed through the Old Stone Age 5,000 years before Wrestern Europe. The famed Amazons were Turkish women. The early Chinese dynasties, the Indo-European Hindus, the Etruscans, Trojans and Cretans were really of Turkish origin.

A résumé of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!