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>> In the three months since rogue elements in Turkey's military tried to overthrow the government, President Tayyip Erdogan has stamped his authority on the nation with tremendous changes that have people asking questions about what direction Turkey is headed in. I'm Luke Baker, the bureau chief of Reuters in Jerusalem, having just spent a week reporting in Turkey.
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On the streets, on bridges, on monuments all across Istanbul and other parts of Turkey, it is impossible not to be struck by the vast number of flags and banners bearing the Turkish emblem, the red and white, the star and the crescent. A new wave of nationalism has really taken over the country and that's in part inspired by Erdogan, who is determined to stamp his authority on the nation in the wake of the failed coup.
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In those three months since the attempt to over throw his government in July, more than 100,000 people have been detained. Tourists, military personnel, police, members of the government and ministries. Some of the main established pillars of society have been purged. But it's not just that. Academics and researchers say Erdogan's ambitions perhaps go a lot further than that.
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To recreate some of the greatness that he feels Turkey had long before it even became a republic in 1923, looking all the way back to the Ottoman era. Now, he doesn't want to recreate the Ottoman Empire they say, but he wants to draw some of that inspiration in stamping greater authority on the nation.
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Creating a more Islamist feel to the nation, giving it more pride, more strength and perhaps a degree of fear for its neighbors. The nationalism in Turkey has really taken root and been fueled by the government. Many analysts expect that sort of passion to continue for the years ahead, potentially leading to more of a purge of people throughout the nation.