Book Presentation: The Turkic Peoples in World History

When and Where

Wednesday, December 06, 2023 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Bancroft Building, Conference Room (200B)
4 Bancroft Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1C1


Joo-Yup Lee


Seminar in Ottoman and Turkish Studies
This new publication is a thorough and rare introduction to the Turkic world and its role in world history, providing a concise history of the Turkic peoples as well as a critical discussion of their identities and origins. The “Turks” stepped on to the stage of history by establishing the Türk Qaghanate, the first trans-Eurasian empire in history, in 552 CE. In the following millennium, they went on to create empires that had a profound impact on world history such as the Uyghur, Khazar, and Ottoman empires. They also participated in building the Mongol empire, and these Turko-Mongol empires are credited with shaping the destinies of pre-modern China, the Middle East, and Europe. By treating the history of the Turkic peoples as a process of amalgamation and integration, rather than simply categorizing the Turkic peoples chronologically or geographically, this book offers new insights into Turkic history.


Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, Department of History, Centre for European Russian and Eurasian Studies