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HIST 270: From Empire to Nation: The Ottoman World Transformed (HC): Primary Sources

History 270: From Empire to Nation: The Ottoman World Transformed (Kitroeff) Fall 2019

Memoirs and Other Personal Accounts

Primary sources can take many different forms.  Letters, accounts and other kinds of documents written at the time of an event or era allow a nuanced and detailed understanding of historical issues.  Material below explains ways to locate primary sources in Tripod and Worldcat.  To find additional primary sources, historical studies in books and journal articles will often offer the best recommendations. Check footnotes and bibliographies for references to material written in the medieval period.

Finding Primary Sources 

Primary sources that are in the Tricollege libraries will often be listed in Tripod under subject words combined with such terms as  "sources", "correspondence",  or  "personal narratives".  Examples include:

ARMENIA

Titles you can request through EZ Borrow or Interlibrary Loan:

The black raven.  Author: Mathossentz, Murad, 1897-.  Policy Research, 1988.

Forced into genocide : memoirs of an Armenian soldier in the Ottoman Turkish army.  Author: Alexanian, Yervant, 1895-1983.  Transaction Publishers, 2017.

Memoirs of Sarkis Narzakian.  Author: Narzakian, Sarkis.  Gomidas Institute, 1995.

GREECE

Title you can request through EZ Borrow or Interlibrary Loan:

I remember Rhodes.  Author: Levy, Rebecca Amato, 1912-.  Sepher-Hermon Press for Sephardic House at Congregation Shearith Israel, 1987

 

IRAQ

Memoirs and Other Personal Accounts (Continued)

PALESTINE

Title you can request through EZ Borrow or Interlibrary Loan:

A Palestine diary : memoirs of a Bilu pioneer, 1882-1887.  Author: Hisin, Hayyim, 1865-1932.  Herzl Press, 1976.

TURKEY

News

Newspapers published during an historical era can serve as useful primary sources.  Papers published in different parts of the world can provide insight into national viewpoints and priorities.  The online newspapers below allow for searching by word, phrase, and date.

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