BÜLENT ECEVİT ARTICLES - Arts and Politics in the 1950s
"This online database consists of some 1,500 Turkish- and English-language articles written by Bülent Ecevit between 1950 and 1961, the majority of them for the prominent daily paper Ulus. While much is known of Ecevit’s long career as a statesman–beginning with his service as Minister of Labor 1961 and lasting well into the 2000s–this early chapter in his life remains largely unknown. Yet the cultural commentary, art criticism, political analyses and travel writings that he produced in the 1950s constitute an extraordinarily prolific and consistent body of work on the importance of civic culture and democracy. The columns reveal the seeds of his later political thought, as well as giving a new perspective on the importance of the arts to his intellectual life."