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Atatürk was the given name to Mustafa Kemal which means "Father of the Turks." He was born on May 19, 1881 he joined the military that influenced him in his act against the Ottoman empire. He thought that if Turkey was ever able to be successful in the new world that it had to be modernized. He thought that the Turkish people should be more influenced by the western ways. He finally managed to establish Turkey as a republic on October 29 1923. He also passed a law which stated that Islam was no Longer the state religion
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(19 May 1881 – 10 November 1938)Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first president.
He was an army officer and a revolutionary politician.
He fought during the First World War and established a name for himself.
After the Ottoman empire's defeat against the Allies, theOttoman Empire fell into many pieces.
Ataturk then emerged and led the Turkish national movementwhich later became known as the Turkish War of Independence.
As the first President of Turkey, Atatürk embarked upon a major programme of political, economic and cultural reforms. An admirer of the Enlightenment, Atatürk sought to transform the ruins of the Ottoman Empire into a modern, democratic, secular, nation-state. The principles of reforms he brought to Turkey are often referred to as Kemalism and continue to support the political foundation of the modern Turkish state.

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