By Ian Lyster
In the course of global conflict One, the Ottoman Empire, one of many biggest and longest-lasting empires in heritage, confronted critical demanding situations to its constitution and life, which finally ended in its dissolution. one of the Ottomans introduces specific diary bills written by way of generations of a similar family members within the declining years of the Ottoman Empire.Written within the middle of the crumbling Ottoman Empire, Marie Lyster’s international 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 battle. 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 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. released for the 1st time, those diaries supply an unparalleled account of the nice War’s effect throughout generations and geographical borders and a distinct perception into the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire.
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The few who are optimists give us hope, but it looks very dark around. I have had a rather big disappointment as an order has come that no foreign gold was to be paid so all our salaries would come down to just the bare amount. December 17th. there was been a proposition of peace sent by the Central Powers, but it will most likely not be accepted. I got a message off to my dear ones from the Us Consulate. I hope they will get it about new year 1917. 21st December. my birthday – poor me! Arrests are in the air again.
The greeks were pushed back which gave them their first serious reversals. In August mustapha Kemal was made Commander-in-Chief of the turkish Army based in Ankara and made the river sakarya, some 40 miles south-east of the new capital, his line of defence. he was criticised for not defending the towns on the way to this line, for some were captured with great loss of life, but maintained this was the best tactic. he was totally justified, for after a threeweek battle the greeks were defeated as their supply-chain had been broken by continual harassment by turkish forces, and they made a calamitous frontal attack on prepared positions.
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. he died in a sanatorium in switzerland.
Among the Ottomans: Diaries from Turkey in World War I by Ian Lyster