Education: Midwesternizing Turkey

When Kemal Ataturk, first President of the Turkish Republic, was trying to yank the ancient Ottoman Empire into the 20th century, one of his dreams was the development of remote Erzurum province, a bleak, 8,000-sq.-mi region in northeastern Turkey. Erzurum is now awakening, and the agent is, appropriately, a university named for Ataturk. The school has inherited its godfather's impatience with the outdated, but gets its drive from a group of American farm experts,*who are Mid-westernizing Erzurum as steadily as the great Mustafa Kemal once Westernized Istanbul.

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