By Ian Lyster

In the course of global warfare 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 led to its dissolution. one of the Ottomans introduces precise diary money owed written by way 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 undergo 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.  released for the 1st time, those diaries offer an extraordinary account of the nice War’s impression throughout generations and geographical borders and a special perception into the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire.

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May 15th. I told harty [*] that I would not be able to pay him till 1-Ottomans:Layout 3 23/09/2010 22:46 Page 64 24 Among thE ottomAns the end of the month. he said “of course”. I hope to sell a female canary. I have seven and will gladly get rid of them. I asked 25 pts; if I could sell two it would be a help. I lent the man a pretty good cage to take them away with, and now he would like to buy it. I was delighted and asked 50 pts. I wonder if he will pay it – it was rather risky; I would prefer 40 pts to nothing.

I have for so long been deprived of meeting more than a couple of people at a time. I see nothing young and pretty, never hear music. 14th. yesterday Père Apollinaire came to see us. he had been blessing homes for the Epiphany [6th January]. they count 6,000 souls in st. marie’s parish. I had no idea there were so many Catholics in this parish. he said he went into homes that were not fit to herd cattle, and that he had no idea there could be such a lack of necessaries in a human habitation – he is belgian.

I gave the same sum to the servant; I will keep the other money to pay the porter’s salary – money flies. I am wondering if the bank will continue to pay Alfred now he has been absent from his post a year. It would come very hard if this happened. I wish we could have news; it is a month since the last, and henry’s [her eldest son – my father] letter is dated 21st december. I am getting disheartened at hearing of the german victories in France. mr Appell [? – a german who was taking English lessons from her]; came, he was in full uniform, he has been in the army since 1914, first in russia, then in serbia and also at the 1-Ottomans:Layout 3 23/09/2010 22:46 Page 43 dIArIEs oF mrs mArIE LystEr 3 dardanelles; he said that the british left many good things behind there, and that their papers (british ones) as well as the French ones speak of food riots in germany on account of the shortages; that this is not true.

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