By Ian Lyster
In the course of international struggle One, the Ottoman Empire, one of many greatest and longest-lasting empires in historical past, confronted critical demanding situations to its constitution and lifestyles, which finally ended in its dissolution. one of the Ottomans introduces targeted diary debts written by means of generations of an identical kinfolk 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 conflict. 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 regulate of the fragmented items of the fallen empire. released for the 1st time, those diaries offer an remarkable account of the good War’s effect throughout generations and geographical borders and a distinct perception into the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire.
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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. some people say it cannot last over the next few months, that some of the fighters will have to give in, others that being a question of life or death for our opponents, they will hold out to the bitter end. meanwhile so many young fellows are falling.
He was working with the greek Irregulars in Intelligence – see his own diaries, pp. ] 1-Ottomans:Layout 3 23/09/2010 22:46 Page 45 dIArIEs oF mrs mArIE LystEr 5 he will not become rich this way, but being in the bank [ottoman bank, like his father,] would not make him rich either. he is not made for business. May 17th. there is no doubt that mama has not the strength she had a year ago on the 15th may when she had her accident. [this is the only reference to my belief that the old lady had had a fall which prevented her travelling away from turkey; but this would still have been in 1915, some nine months after the declarations of war in August 1914].
15 [presumably an allowance or salary from her husband]. It seems that the directors have made an arrangement with some big grocer who is to supply their clerks with goods at wholesale prices. however cheaply things are sold, they are still frightfully dear. I do not understand why I do not get news. ]. henry might also write pc’s from salonika as other boys do. March 5th. yesterday I went down to the bank to see about provisions. I waited for nearly 2 hours. A turkish lady came in also to have a letter written, and she smoked all the time leaving her cigarette ends to burn out in the ash-tray.
Among the Ottomans: Diaries from Turkey in World War I by Ian Lyster