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Dear Colleagues,

Istanbul Academy of Sciences Foundation is pleased to announce that scholarships are available for the Ottoman Culture and History Summer School 2014 which will take place on 4-31 August, 2014 in Istanbul.   

Could you please post and circulate this announcement in your networks.




Istanbul Academy of Sciences Foundation

The Ottoman Culture and History Summer School 2014

4-31 August, 2014

Deadline for applications: 20 May 2014


The Ethnogenesis of the Crimean Tatars with Professor Hakan Kırımlı (Podcast)

Turkic peoples have been living on and around the Crimean Peninsula and the Pontic Steppe (Deşt-i Kıpçak, Dzikie Pole, Loca Deserta) for over a millennium. As the Crimean peninsula changes hands before our eyes once again, we take a moment to reflect on the history and fate of its native inhabitants, the Crimean Tatars. Join Professor Hakan Kırımlı in The Wild Field in an exploration of Crimean Tatars’ self-identification and their historical relationships with neighboring Turkic peoples and the colonial power of Russia. 


Re: Hungarian '48ers in Ottoman Empire


You might look at the U.S. Consular despatches from the Constantinople station.  They're available on microfilm.  Some of the refugees coming from Hungary had U.S. passports, and the consulate did some work dispensing aid and helping refugees either travel on to the U.S. or settle.  It's a tricky set of papers to go through, since there are a lot of accusations that the acting consul cheats the refugees out of the large amounts of money he claims he's dispensing.  There are a few letters from the refugees themselves on that issue and a number of reports filtered through the consular staff on general refugee conditions.

-Mike Limberg

Hungarian '48ers in Ottoman Empire

Dear List Members,

Kemal Karpat puts the number of Hungarian refugees who fled to the Ottoman Empire at around 16,000. The vast majority of these were troops and various dependents, yet most of the secondary literature focuses on the elite in exile--either framed in terms of foreign or domestic politics, or as agents of modernization.

Would anybody be able to make any recommendations for primary or secondary literature (English/German/Turkish, unfortunately not Hungarian) that might discuss the experiences and roles of the non-elite---soldiers, dependents, other members of the entourage?

Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Jared Manasek

Re: seeking a sublet in Istanbul this summer

We have a loft in Galata/Tunel area. It's available for the requested dates. Please contact me for further details/pictures and price via canaulutas@gmail.com