Among the Ottomans: Diaries from Turkey in World War I by Ian Lyster

By Ian Lyster

In the course of global battle One, the Ottoman Empire, one of many greatest and longest-lasting empires in background, confronted critical demanding situations to its constitution and life, which ultimately ended in its dissolution. one of the Ottomans introduces exact diary money owed written through generations of an identical relatives within the declining years of the Ottoman Empire.Written within the middle of the crumbling Ottoman Empire, Marie Lyster’s global warfare One diaries describe the political and social weather of Constantinople as Allied troops swept via Turkey, wreaking havoc at the country’s infrastructure and forcing citizens, despite their nationwide affiliations, to suffer the hardships of conflict. simply 2 hundred miles away within the Dardanelles, her son Henry fought along the Greek Comitajis, as they clashed with the Bulgarians. Later, because the army Governor of japanese Thrace, he witnessed the increase of Turkish Nationalism and the fight for keep an eye on of the fragmented items of the fallen empire.  released for the 1st time, those diaries offer an unparalleled account of the good War’s effect throughout generations and geographical borders and a distinct perception into the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire.

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How she enjoyed her evening, and how happy I was to let her go. All in England must feel the loss. June 12th. I have taken on an old woman [Catrina] who was in great want and looking for a situation to keep herself alive. she is honest, clean, looks decent and is only paid 60 pts. there was a fire near taksim [a central square in the European quarter], and not being insured I got nervous for the next occasion and I have sent word to the firm to send someone to insure us for Lts. 900, but only for 6 months otherwise I shall be hard up.

It seems they are fighting where our dear boys are. 21st. yesterday I met mrs Apikian who apologised for not coming to see us before going to the country [many people move out of the city for the summer – either up the bosphoros or to the islands in the sea of marmara], and asked me to go and spend a day with them – “it would please us all,” she said. “I can’t I said”, and tears came to my eyes. [she could not leave her mother alone]. May 26th. I have just read the beginning of this journal and am amused at the idea of a loaf of bread at 6pts being something monstrous.

March 3rd. 1½. no 1-Ottomans:Layout 3 23/09/2010 22:46 Page 59 dIArIEs oF mrs mArIE LystEr 19 lodger, and the electricity question will have to be solved. I have seen three men who ask from 6 to 12 Lts. 9. , which means no money for electricity. granny had many people visiting her for her fète-day [no age mentioned]. 4th March. Poor noelie dussi has lost her son; he was two months older than Freddie; they are Italians. she had sent him away at the first exodus when bulgaria declared against us.

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