Atatürk, the father of modern Turkey

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The birth of a modern nation amid the ruins of the Ottoman Empire

Mustafa Kemal Atatiirk, father of modern Turkey, was born one hundred years ago. To mark the centenary, the Turkish permanent delegation to Unesco organized a series of cultural events in Paris earlier this year, including exhibitions, concerts and dancing displays. It was through the educational and cultural reforms brought about by Atatürk that the Turkish people, especially young people and women, were introduced to the twentieth century world, as will be seen in the following three articles published in this issue of the Unesco Courier.

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