By Ian Lyster
In the course of global conflict One, the Ottoman Empire, one of many greatest and longest-lasting empires in background, confronted critical demanding situations to its constitution and lifestyles, which finally ended in its dissolution. one of the Ottomans introduces specific diary money owed written through generations of an identical family members within the declining years of the Ottoman Empire.Written within the center of the crumbling Ottoman Empire, Marie Lyster’s international battle 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 watch over of the fragmented items of the fallen empire. released for the 1st time, those diaries supply an unheard of account of the good War’s influence throughout generations and geographical borders and a different perception into the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire.
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This morning two Austrian soldiers, our neighbours, were marched away handcuffed between two others with guns and an officer following. What could the poor wretches have done? It must be very hard for some of them are no longer young, accustomed to rule in their households and even in business, to have to obey officers who very likely are their inferiors in intelligence and birth. Poland has been proclaimed a kingdom. 7th November. Coming home from church this morning, I saw a detachment of german soldiers at the top of our street.
April 18th. I had meant to write about the prevalent sickness and to say that about ten days ago many have had it in our neighbourhood, and that some known people, especially doctors had died of it. now the American ambassador has it. It is inoculated by a louse – horror! ] this morning I found one on my underclothing having first felt its bite, so if the wretched brute was a contaminated one, I may not see my dear ones after all. I am in god’s hands – thy will be done dear Lord. What would become of mama?
22nd Nov. For my share, I have been given 5 loaves to grate for the plum puddings, not much. I also have some 100 old stock of books and magazines which I will send to the poor soldiers, but they must be called for and censored and I hope they will be collected in time. the Austrian Emperor [Franz Joseph] died this morning; the 1-Ottomans:Layout 3 23/09/2010 22:46 Page 54 14 Among thE ottomAns papers had just mentioned that he had been unwell, but when I saw the flags at half-mast at the Embassy I guessed what it was for.