Basar Eryoner

Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (37 of 54)
Location: Istanbul
Birthday: 16 Jan


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,219,419 - Total Helpful Votes: 37 of 54
The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and&hellip by Sean McMeekin
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In depth coverage of the conditions leading to World War and unbaised review of the war in Eastern Theater built around the story of Baghdad Railway Company with a lot of lessons to be taken for today.
Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922 - The Destruction of Is&hellip by Giles Milton
5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Giles Milton's sentence in page 180 of this book in fact is the root of the Smyrna tragedy. Book clearly summarizes the behind the scenes war taking place between the victors of the WWI, as well as the war between the invading Greeks -hoping to reach their Great Ideal- and the Turkish Nationalist forces to deffend their home country.
This book could have been a better one if Mr. Milton had referred to the following book and magazine articles:

The Struggle For Power In Muslim Asia, E(dward) Alexander Powell, 1923

Actualities at Smyrna by Mark Prentiss, 1924, His report can easily be read from the following link : [...] and

G. Ercole's article in Fench… Read more
Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1&hellip by Philip Mansel
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
In his book Mr. Mansel brings to light why all the great powers in the history wanted to control Constantinople and its hinterland. Their motives were not only politic but economic as well. All wanted Constantinople to be an open city.

By giving quotes from contemporary diplomatic corresspondances, accounts of travel writers and history books writen back then; he explains the power strugle behind the scenes.
Sultans ruled the city and the Ottoman empire but, who influenced them? Answer is in the book, Mothers, Eunuchs, dragomans, Pashas, Ambassadors. It clearly shows that when Mehmed conquered the city he adopted the Roman system. In fact he was the continuation of the Roman… Read more