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Forced displacements of Turks
1.       si++
3785 posts
 11 Jan 2011 Tue 10:53 am

TCA Releases an Annotated Map of
Forced Migration and Mortality in the Ottoman Empire

The breakup of the Ottoman Empire set thousands upon thousands of forlorn refugees on the move. Most western chronicles of this era focus only on those of the Christian faith who suffered. TCA is now publishing an annotated map displaying the trails of 5 million Ottoman Muslims who were displaced from the Balkans, Caucasus, and Crimea between 1770-1923. The map also records and provides historical context for the 5 million Ottoman Muslims who died between 1864-1922 in the wars that were fought to dismantle the Ottoman Empire. Prepared by Justin McCarthy, Professor of History at the University of Louisville, the map is a powerful visual tool for both the historian and the casual viewer who seeks better to understand the cataclysm that effected so many millions, Muslim and Christian alike, during the final years of the Ottoman Empire.

"The peoples of the Ottoman Empire suffered some of the worst disasters in history. They were forced from their lands, never to return, and died in great numbers. All groups suffered, but those who suffered most were the Muslims, especially the Turks. I hope that this map will demonstrate the disastrous fate of all those peoples," said Professor McCarthy.

"TCA is very proud to have supported this publication and thanks Professor McCarthy for his tireless investigation into these lost and forgotten Ottoman Muslim communities. Few Turkish families do not include a grandmother or grandfather from those distant lands...from Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Crimea or the Caucasus...or a story of internal displacement due to the Anatolian wars. The founding fathers of modern Turkey urged the ravaged people of the young Republic to look forward, rather than back. Sadly, other communities have turned their tragic moments into an unquenchable enmity toward Turks. This map is a positive step in overcoming the bigotries inherent in accounts that ignore or dismiss Muslim losses as the Ottoman Empire was dismantled," stated Lincoln McCurdy, TCA President.

The map can be downloaded in pdf format here. Hard copies can be requested by sending an e-mail to info@tc-america.org.

 

Source: here



Edited (1/16/2012) by si++

2.       alameda
3499 posts
 12 Jan 2011 Wed 03:28 am

Interesting article si++

We think about numbers, who lost more or who was more displaced.  It almost seems like a contest, who lost more, who suffered the most? We all suffer and are suffering....all of us.

Although we can not hope to eliminate death, all death through war and forced displacement is tragic. Humans have to learn to get along if any of us are going to survive.

Quoting si++

The breakup of the Ottoman Empire set thousands upon thousands of forlorn refugees on the move. Most western chronicles of this era focus only on those of the Christian faith who suffered. TCA is now publishing an annotated map displaying the trails of 5 million Ottoman Muslims who were displaced from the Balkans, Caucasus, and Crimea between 1770-1923.

 

3.       scalpel
1472 posts
 12 Jan 2011 Wed 05:39 pm

The Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78 (which is known as "93 harbi" (The war of 93) in Turkish to refer the year 1293 in Rumi Calendar) was one of the biggest forced migration of Muslims both from Balkans (especially from Bulgaria) and Caucasus (especially from Georgia) to Anatolia.They named themselves as "93 muhaciri". But I didn´t see this shown on the map. Correct me if I am wrong.     



Edited (1/12/2011) by scalpel

4.       si++
3785 posts
 13 Jan 2011 Thu 10:11 am

 

Quoting scalpel

The Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78 (which is known as "93 harbi" (The war of 93) in Turkish to refer the year 1293 in Rumi Calendar) was one of the biggest forced migration of Muslims both from Balkans (especially from Bulgaria) and Caucasus (especially from Georgia) to Anatolia.They named themselves as "93 muhaciri". But I didn´t see this shown on the map. Correct me if I am wrong.     

 

Go ahead and download the pdf file which you apperantly haven´t.

 

Here´s some quote:

The War of 1877-78
 The 1877 Russian invasion of Ottoman
Europe led to the flight of 515,000 and the deaths of
288,000 Bulgarian Muslims, nearly all Turks. Only 46%
of the Bulgarian Muslims remained. In exchange,
187,000 Bulgarians from what remained in Ottoman
Europe went to Bulgaria.
By percentage, the worst losses in the period
took place among the Muslims in regions taken by
Montenegro, Serbia and Romania. In the lands taken by
Montenegro all of the Muslims were gone, in the lands
taken by Serbia, 91% (119,000 ) were gone, in the lands
taken by Romania 83% (152,000 ) were gone. Bosnian
Muslims ed during a Serbian revolt in 1875 and aer a
failed Muslim revolt against Austrian occupation of
Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1881-2.

 

 

And by the way, the paternal side of my family came from somewhere in today´s Bulgaria in 93 war. So I am one of those "muhacir"s´ grandchildren.



Edited (1/13/2011) by si++

5.       scalpel
1472 posts
 13 Jan 2011 Thu 12:44 pm

 

Quoting si++

 

 

Go ahead and download the pdf file which you apperantly haven´t.

...

And by the way, the paternal side of my family came from somewhere in today´s Bulgaria in 93 war. So I am one of those "muhacir"s´ grandchildren.

 

 I had done that and studied the map carefully before I sent the message.. still can´T see an arrow showing this move.. anyway it´s not that important..and my mom´s grand grandmother was from somewhere in BUlgaria, so I, too, have "üj, bej"  relatives living in a village in Tekirdağ By the way thank you for bringing this issue to the forum.

6.       metehan2001
501 posts
 19 Jan 2011 Wed 10:28 am

 

Dear si++,

Unless you don´t send an article or news against Turks, some people will never write their views on the post. 

Anyway, thanks for sending the enlightening post here.

 



Edited (1/19/2011) by metehan2001

7.       scalpel
1472 posts
 19 Jan 2011 Wed 10:47 am

 

Quoting metehan2001

 

Dear si++,

Unless you don´t send an article or news against Turks, some people will never write their views on the post. 

Anyway, thanks for sending the enlightening post here.

 

 

You never read about a plane that did not crash.

 

 

8.       si++
3785 posts
 16 Jan 2012 Mon 06:47 pm

Meskhetian Turks or Meskheti Turks (Turkish: Ahıska Türkleri; Georgian: თურქი მესხები, t´urk´i meskhebi) are a subethnic group of the Turks formerly inhabiting the Meskheti region of Georgia, along the border with Turkey. They were deported to Central Asia during November 15–25, 1944 by Joseph Stalin and settled within Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Of the 120,000 forcibly deported in cattle-trucks a total of 10,000 perished. Today they are dispersed over a number of other countries of the former Soviet Union.

The settlement area of Meskhetian Turks, 1926.

9.       lemon
1374 posts
 16 Jan 2012 Mon 07:17 pm

interesting. thanks.

10.       alameda
3499 posts
 17 Jan 2012 Tue 08:42 am

Very interesting research, thank you for posting.

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