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

By Ian Lyster

In the course of international conflict One, the Ottoman Empire, one of many biggest and longest-lasting empires in background, confronted critical demanding situations to its constitution and life, which finally ended in its dissolution. one of the Ottomans introduces particular diary debts written via generations of an analogous 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 watch over of the fragmented items of the fallen empire.  released for the 1st time, those diaries offer an exceptional account of the nice War’s impression throughout generations and geographical borders and a different perception into the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire.

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When I repeat this to mama, she laughs. they know no less than others do; nobody has any news and we all repeat what rumours get about. Few of us rely on what the papers say, even the foreign ones do not give the truth. March 18th. A few days ago a whole lot of people were arrested as they managed to get their letters to Italy through some clerks of the greek Embassy who travelled with the greek diplomatic service bag. they are all in prison pending their trial and should it be proved that they talked politics in their correspondence, it will go badly with them.

The ‘Lyster’ family book privately published in 1913 by the revd. L. Lyster denny, gives the information on p. 1891, died as an infant in Phillippopolis, bulgaria”. I cannot trace a place with this name in either of my atlases, nor can explain why my grandmother was there, presumably without her husband]. August 10th. the danger of having no bread is looming again. should roumania close the frontier we shall go hungry again. 1-Ottomans:Layout 3 23/09/2010 22:46 Page 49 dIArIEs oF mrs mArIE LystEr 9 What a winter lies before us if things do not settle.

It is very depressing – god give rest to all those poor sailors. I dread lest Arthur’s boys should be amongst the numbers. [this must be a reference to her brother-in-law, Arthur Edward Lyster, then of great baddow, Essex, who had three sons and a daughter. the eldest was then Lt. rn. Arthur Lumley st. george Lyster who did survive the war and during WWII rose to the rank of rear Admiral, Aircraft Carriers. ] 1-Ottomans:Layout 3 23/09/2010 22:46 Page 46 6 Among thE ottomAns With the announcement of the naval battle, all the flags were hoisted and their victory proclaimed in the papers and at the german club – I felt wretched.

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