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By Ian Lyster

In the course of international warfare One, the Ottoman Empire, one of many biggest and longest-lasting empires in heritage, confronted critical demanding situations to its constitution and life, which ultimately ended in its dissolution. one of the Ottomans introduces specified diary bills written through generations of a similar kinfolk within the declining years of the Ottoman Empire.Written within the center of the crumbling Ottoman Empire, Marie Lyster’s global struggle 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 japanese 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 extraordinary 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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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.

I hope they will get it about new year 1917. 21st December. my birthday – poor me! Arrests are in the air again. ], but I do not suppose females alone will be worried. Dec. 26th. Christmas day has passed, very quietly and sadly. the belligerents were given permission to attend the midnight services, so the churches were full. ] We went to bed as usual, but heard the ‘gloria’ bells which are very impressive in a still night. before lunch, sylvia [a 1-Ottomans:Layout 3 23/09/2010 22:46 Page 55 dIArIEs oF mrs mArIE LystEr 15 friend] came with some holly, mistletoe and cakes.

She is lucky to be able to join him; we poor belligerent mothers have no such hope in case of need. May 13th. e. it has not been too hot, as I only go out in the morning or evening, I have only once been out without my fur tippet. I shall soon be shabby, which for the sake of my dear ones, I would not like. In the way of shoes I am already badly off. I have only one good pair, so that in case of need, I can look respectable, but my second pair is past mending. I do not believe that I have spent more than three pounds on myself since Alfred left, and that includes making myself a coat out of a skirt.

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