Two War Years in Constantinople Sketches of German and Young Turkish Ethics and Politics [revised and complete edition]
with a critical introduction to new edition by Hilmar Kaiser
London: Sterndale Classics, 2004,
ISBN 1-903756-17-6, paperback
UK£12.00 / US$16.00
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This book was originally printed in 1917. It has been reprinted with fidelity to the original work, with a separate critical introduction by Hilmar Kaiser. Sterndale Classics is an imprint of the Gomidas Institute.
This book is an insightful critique of German imperial policy in the
Near East written by the correspondent for Kölnische Zeitung in
Constantinople between 1915-1917. Very much a man of ideas, and an
energetic journalist, Harry Stürmer kept close watch over developments
in the Ottoman capital. When he left the Empire in 1917 he published a
devastating critique of German and Turkish policies. Of particular
interest were Stürmer's revelations about the systematic annihilation of
The original German work was published in neutral Switzerland. Since the German Foreign Office could not provide an adequate response to Stürmer's account, it tried to suppress the work by buying its translation rights into European languages. Unfortunately for the Foreign Office, it did not manage to buy the English rights in time, and Stürmer's book appeared in English shortly after the German publication.
In this revised edition of the original German translation, Dr. Hilmar Kaiser, a scholar of late Ottoman history, provides a critique of Stürmer's work. He identifies contemporary reports by Stürmer in German archives and uses them for an insightful appraisal of the book. Kaiser also identifies passages which were left out of the original German to English translation. These passages have been identified and appended to the present work.