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New Anadolu Agency book tells Turkey's 100-year journey

New book Centennial Turkey includes rare material from agency's archives, including photos and documents

Mumin Altas   | 05.04.2021
New Anadolu Agency book tells Turkey's 100-year journey


Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s top news provider, has prepared a new book on the momentous 100-year journey of the Republic of Turkey.

The 625-page book, Centennial Turkey, was assembled by meticulously scanning countless news stories and photos from the agency's archives, and published in association with state-owned lender Ziraat Bank.

Senol Kazanci, the agency's director-general, said the book will shed light on the country’s 100-year journey. It includes rare photos as well as important documents obtained from the Presidency of the State Archives of Turkey, he added.

Kazanci said the book covers topics such as modern Turkey's liberation struggle, its transition to a multi-party system, coups that wracked the country, and general and local elections, as well as pictures of daily life and achievements in culture, sports, and the arts.

He said the book begins with photos from the opening session of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, which then started the War of Independence under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the enemy-occupied Anatolian and Rumelia territories, on April 23, 1920.

'AA, the voice of Turkey'

Kazanci, who also wrote the foreword of the book, said Anadolu Agency continues to be the voice of Turkey.

Underlining that Turkey's first national news agency met the expectations of the people through its coverage, he said: "This chronological work, prepared using the agency’s rich news and visual archives, will be an important resource for those working in the field of social sciences.”

He expressed his gratitude to everyone who contributed to Anadolu Agency's continued success, particularly Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his support in this regard.

*Writing by Seda Sevencan in Istanbul

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