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

By Ian Lyster

During international struggle One, the Ottoman Empire, one of many biggest and longest-lasting empires in background, confronted critical demanding situations to its constitution and lifestyles, which ultimately ended in its dissolution. Among The Ottomans introduces specific diary money owed written by means of generations of an identical relations within the declining years of the Ottoman Empire.

Written within the middle of the crumbling Ottoman Empire, Marie Lyster’s international conflict 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 warfare. simply two 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 jap Thrace, he witnessed the increase of Turkish Nationalism and the fight for keep an eye on of the fragmented items of the fallen empire. 

Published for the 1st time, those diaries offer an remarkable account of the good War’s effect throughout generations and geographical borders and a different perception into the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire.

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I had written to Alfred asking for a little more to make up for the pound that I had spent on the insurance – who knows if he will get it either through Lausanne or bucharest, and if so when he will act, then I noticed some playing cards in Alfred’s drawer and of which I had heard there was a dearth, and behind them was a small sealed box which I did not hesitate to open. What a blessing and what a relief! It contained two turkish and one English pound. I felt inclined to kiss them like a long-lost friend.

M. I do not know the real news. Sept. 17th. I have received according to Alfred’s promise, twentyone pounds; ie. English pounds. It is very nice to feel one has a husband who though far away, still provides for one. I shall have an English lesson twice a week for 125 pts which will be very welcome, as it will be my own earning. ] whose daughter is at the American school wants to learn English as a surprise for her husband; she is very small and pretty and I am sure I will enjoy the lessons. 27th.

Papal piece. March 14th. We have not eaten meat for ten days, nor have many like us. I must admit that I miss it, but who can afford 43pts for lamb, 36 for beef and 48 for mutton? Fish is also out of the question. It would be like eating gold. We have had no water for four days; we only have it one or two days a week. Luckily there is a cistern in the house, and as we have had a great deal of rain, there is a good supply in case of need – others have to buy water. 1-Ottomans:Layout 3 23/09/2010 22:46 Page 60 20 Among thE ottomAns March 17th.

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