Every month, we choose a term to analyze its history in detail. Terms are usually chosen in regards to their relevance with the current events.

  • The Rule of the People: History of Democracy

    Duygu BAYRAM


    The term democracy comes from the Greek words dēmos and kratos. While what democracy means has evolved, at its core, democracy gives people the right to have a say in the ruling of the community they belong to. Today, democracy mostly takes the form of an election where the public chooses a representative by vote; however, when the term was first coined in ancient Greece, the system was slightly different.

  • Aleph in Language and Linguistics

    Ümit Altar BİNİCİ & Begüm GÜVEN


    Nature has shaped many of the words we commonly use in our daily lives throughout history. As humankind became more and more civilized, languages transformed shapes into the letters we know today. An undeniable example to the evolution of the language undoubtedly would be the letter “A.”

  • When the Economy Contracts: History of Economic Crisis

    Didem ÖZÇAKIR


    We are now living through perhaps the worst economic crisis of history because of the effects of COVID 19. The unemployment rate has been increasing steadily for the past months, millions of people could not go to work because of lockdowns and governments accepted very comprehensive packages of economic measures throughout the world.

  • The 100-Year-Old Strife in the Caucasus

    Kaan ERTAN


    Recently, an old and renowned region in Caucasia reminded us of the complex history and fragile peace in the area. This region is Nagorno-Karabakh, located within Azerbaijan, yet de-facto ruled by its own pro-Armenian government. But why is it not ruled by Azerbaijan and why is it a hot political topic nowadays? Let us examine the situation by digging into its roots.

  • An Ever-Present Problem: The Course of Racism Throughout History

    Boran GÖHER


    Despite the recent prominence of globalism and increasing standards of education, racism still stands as a major problem, both on a personal and systematic level. Undoubtedly, this is a multi-faceted issue caused by a plethora of underlying interconnected problems relating to human nature and the cultural norms of humanity constructed over many millennia.

  • History of Pandemics: What Did We Learn From Yesterday?

    Kaan ERTAN


    The year 2020 gave the word “pandemic” a common meaning for people from all over the world. That being, the COVID’19 disease. As of March 11, 2020; World Health Organization (WHO) announced that COVID’19 has been moved to the pandemic disease category.

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