World War 1
Monday 08 September 2014 - 18:00 to Friday 12 September 2014 - 11:00
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BBC World Service and the British Council host World War One debate in İstanbul

On Friday 29 August, the BBC and the British Council hosted a debate in Istanbul to discuss the relevance and legacy of the First World War in Turkey today. The debate is broadcast to listeners around the world on the BBC World Service.                                                                                                                       

Hosted at the historic setting of Pera House (the British Counsulate-General) in Istanbul, BBC presenter, Razia Iqbal was joined by Turkish historians, Professor Ahmet Kuyas and Professor Aksin Somel to discuss the new political ethos of modernity which arose out of the war. 

International best-selling novelist, Elif Shafak also delivered a specially commissioned essay in which she discussed history and memory and explored the complicated legacy of the First World War in Turkey. Audience members also contributed to the discussion.

 "Nation Building and Modernity" was broadcast on BBC World Service on Saturday 6 September 2014 at 18:00 GMT, then Sunday 7 September at 11:00 GMT.  

The event in Istanbul marked the fourth in a series of ten international debates entitled The War that Changed the World. All debates can also be listened to on the  BBC World Service website.