Preface and Acknowledgments
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Preface and Acknowledgments This book has a particularly long story, divided into two phases separated by a six-­ year interlude. The first phase was completed when I defended my dissertation on the history of regime change and military interventions in Greece and Turkey for my PhD studies at the University of Virginia. After my defense in spring 2007, I started working in Turkey and had to set aside my dissertation to receive my associate professorship in the Turkish system. I worked on journal articles and a Turkish book on contemporary Turkish civil-­ military relations. I returned to my dissertation and started converting it into a book in 2013, after I applied for my associate professorship. In the six years between my graduation and returning to the project, a lot changed in the political scene in Greece and Turkey. I also became a much more mature researcher, with more questions in mind and (unfortunately for my sake) a more perfectionist character. As I started revising the dissertation, I maintained its core theory and around half of the case studies. I added three new chapters and rewrote almost the entire introduction and conclusion. Except for chapter 2, the final product does not resemble the original work much. My gratitude to mentors and friends spreads over a period of roughly fifteen years. I am bound to forget names of people whose contributions to my intellectual life in one way or another, minor or major, made critical improvements in the book. I apologize for the incompleteness of the acknowledgments below. At the University of Virginia, I am grateful to David Waldner, who sparked my original interest in regime change, supervised my dissertation, and offered mentorship in the most critical phases of the dissertation and the x  •  Preface and Acknowledgments book. William Quandt continuously encouraged me to go back to the dissertation and to convert it into a book. He made me believe in myself whenever I doubted. Gerard Alexander was the perfect second reader when I was writing my dissertation, and he has been a friendly, understanding mentor since then, always ready to provide informative and attentive advice. My dissertation research in Greece was made possible by funding from the Greek State Scholarship’s Foundation (Idryma Kratikon Ypotrofion); my research in Turkey by the Gallatin Fellowship, granted by the Feris Foundation of America and the University of Virginia. My friends at the University of Virginia—­ Aycan Akdeniz, Tim Emmert, Asım Gündüz, Müge Kökten, Evangelia Koutsokera, Ryan Saylor, Tara Saylor, Sophie Richardson, Sadık Ülker, and Rachel Vanderhill—­ eased the most difficult parts of graduate school. Even though I lost touch with many of them, I still remember that they made Charlottesville my home. In Greece, I would not have been as content as I was without Asia Kozyra’s never-­ ending friendly support and belief in me. Süreyya Dipşar helped me visualize what was in my mind when he assisted me in drawing the figures in the theory chapter of the dissertation, which still make up the core of the book. As I was wavering over how to produce a book out of the dissertation after 2013, many people read and commented on my book proposal, clarifying my ideas and what I should be doing. Gregory Gause and Richard Youngs offered much appreciated advice on the proposal. Behlül Özkan, Ryan Saylor , and Ayşe Zarakol read the proposal and shared important tips on book writing, editing, and publishing. Carol LaMotte edited my English (often the same pages several times) extraordinarily quickly and patiently. My friend Eleni Agrafa made arrangements and drove me around in Athens in February 2014 for most of my interviews. Without her, the second round of field research would not have been as much fun or as productive. I also thank the three anonymous reviewers who read the entire book for the University of Michigan Press and provided critical input. In the very final stages of the book, Işıl Şenol made the last touch by redesigning parts of the cover image and helping me to express the book’s contents with one simple illustration. I believe that, professionally and otherwise, everybody is a product of their social environment. I have been incredibly blessed with the most loving , supporting, and encouraging friends, colleagues, and family. The Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University is my professional “clan.” Each and every member of the green building has a very special place in my...