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Book Reviews Elif Ekin Akşit, Kızların Sessizliği. Kız Enstitülerinin Uzun Tarihi (The silence of girls: The long history of female institutes), İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 2005, 240 pp., 15.70 YTL (pb), ISBN 975-05-0334-1 Book Review by Orlin Sabev Institute of Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia This book is an extended and revised version of Elif Ekin Akşit’s Ph.D. thesis. As stated at the beginning of the Preface, the author calls for a reassessment of Turkey’s history from women’s point of view. The focus of the book, namely women’s vocational training in the late O oman and early Republican period, seems to be inspired by personal motives. As the introductory reveal, Elif Ekin Akşit’s mother graduated from just such an institute for vocational training. The author’s mother was relatively silent about the years she spent at the institute, however, and no single wri en memoir from any other graduate of such schools has survived. Hence the author tries to make up for the lack of information by interviewing some of the graduates. She asked them whether women’s education was underdeveloped as compared to men’s education, and how the late O oman and early Republican modernisation looked from their perspectives. The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

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Berghahn Books
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1933-2882
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1933-2890
DOI
10.3167/asp.2010.040111
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Elif Ekin Akşit, Kızların Sessizliği. Kız Enstitülerinin Uzun Tarihi (The silence of girls: The long history of female institutes), İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 2005, 240 pp., 15.70 YTL (pb), ISBN 975-05-0334-1 Book Review by Orlin Sabev Institute of Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia This book is an extended and revised version of Elif Ekin Akşit’s Ph.D. thesis. As stated at the beginning of the Preface, the author calls for a reassessment of Turkey’s history from women’s point of view. The focus of the book, namely women’s vocational training in the late O oman and early Republican period, seems to be inspired by personal motives. As the introductory reveal, Elif Ekin Akşit’s mother graduated from just such an institute for vocational training. The author’s mother was relatively silent about the years she spent at the institute, however, and no single wri en memoir from any other graduate of such schools has survived. Hence the author tries to make up for the lack of information by interviewing some of the graduates. She asked them whether women’s education was underdeveloped as compared to men’s education, and how the late O oman and early Republican modernisation looked from their perspectives. The

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Published: Mar 1, 2010

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