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Location of the Republic of Turkey

Spanning over a millennium, the story of Turks is immense, complex, rich, and deeply intertwined with the innumerable civilizations that were encountered during their migrations and settlements on three vast continents.

Any summary about ancient and modern Turks, their histories, cultures, and politics, is challenging and maybe even impossible. To assist with a broad view, the following maps facilitate by highlighting key time points in Turkish history. For more detailed information, please see Links to Sites About Turkey and Books and Articles about Turkey.

Location of the Republic of Turkey

The borders of modern-day Turkey, which is a little larger than Texas, reflect the size and location of the heartland that remains from the massive Ottoman Empire (see Map 1). Turkey lies partially in southeast Europe (Thrace) and mostly in Asia (Anatolia or Asia Minor). It is surrounded by eight countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Iran, Iraq, Georgia, Greece, and Syria); four bodies of water (the Mediterranean Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea, and the Sea of Marmara); and two straits (the Bosphorus, and the Dardanelles).


Map 1. Location of the Republic of Turkey

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