Turkish-Hungarian Cultural Relations Within the Framework of the Correspondence and Books sent Between the Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Gombos and Ataturk


ALTAŞ S.

RECENT PERIOD TURKISH STUDIES-YAKIN DONEM TURKIYE ARASTIRMALARI, no.42, pp.169-202, 2022 (ESCI) identifier

Abstract

Detailed research on Turkish-Hungarian cultural relations dating back to ancient times have increased greatly since the 19th century. Turkic studies started in the 1870s and experienced their most intense period in parallel with the relations between the Republic of Turkiye and Hungary as countries that were founded after World War I. The political relations that were established led to the further development of pre-existing cultural relations. Hungarian intellectuals and statesmen saw the victory of the Turkish War of Independence and the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne afterwards as great successes. Gyula Gombos became the Hungarian prime minister in 1930 and admired Ataturk's achievements as a contemporary statesman. Gombos strengthened his friendship with Ataturk by meeting in person and sent him some books and letters because he knew of Ataturk's works in the fields of history and language. This study aims to contribute to explaining the dimensions of Turkish-Hungarian cultural relations in light of the letters and books Gombos sent to Ataturk.