By Ian Lyster
In the course of global battle One, the Ottoman Empire, one of many biggest and longest-lasting empires in background, confronted serious demanding situations to its constitution and life, which finally ended in its dissolution. one of the Ottomans introduces designated diary debts 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 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 warfare. 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 watch over of the fragmented items of the fallen empire. released for the 1st time, those diaries offer an unheard of account of the good War’s impression throughout generations and geographical borders and a special perception into the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire.
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I have come to my last pound; where will I turn to for money? ] I might have more in good times, but these being bad times I told her to sell it. maybe she will bring me the money before I have none left. 15th Feb. ]; she has her house full of lodgers, mostly officers so I though she might help me. one of the officer’s servants came in to ask for something, so I interpreted and then asked how things were – ‘splendid,’ he said. ” “there is no doubt” he replied, “it will be a grand peace for us this time; we offered peace, it was refused and now she will be sorry”.
Whatever happens in this dreadful war, we will not see another one. there are great tales of peace – god speed them. What a blank is the future. Will Alfred return to his post – will henry be spared, and will Freddy [her younger son, my uncle] abandon his new career – What will tizza [her daughter Edythe] do? god will ordain for the best. I feel confident for he has visibly helped us in all our difficulties. June 5th. I am expecting a new servant; I have been some days without and the house feels it in the way of sweeping and cleaning, but my pocket feels it as well.
There was a great commotion the day the news was posted, particularly at the grocer’s shops. one lady rushed in and ordered a large sack of potatoes; being from a small family, mr harty told her “madam, think it over, and come back tomorrow, for the potatoes I sell will not keep and you may have to throw half away which would be a waste”. Sept. 2nd. the vesika bread is awful. [vesika being the local identity document, perhaps those with these vesikas were only allowed a certain type of bread].