Zeitschrift für die Welt der Türken / Journal of World of Turks, Vol 6, No 3 (2014)

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An Analysis of Turkish National and Military Culture in the Context of Korean War

Ünsal SIĞRI, Ufuk BAŞAR

Abstract


The aim of this paper is to analyze Turkish national and military culture in the context of Korean War. The Korean War is the first international military contribution of modern Turkish Republic and Turkish Armed Forces. This was the first contact with other countries' and cultures' armies since the foundation of the modern republic. Following the war Turkey joined to NATO and became a certain member of western block of cold war era. Turkish troops' efforts and involvement in the Korean War did not only contribute to independence of Korea but also contributed to the world peace. Turkish military has a cultural background, which mainly stems from sociological and managerial characteristics of Turkish national culture. In this study an analysis of Turkish military culture is made within scope of Korean War according to Hofstede's (1980) four cultural dimensions.


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