By Nazan Maksudyan

Historical past books usually weave stories of emerging and falling empires, royal dynasties, and wars between strong countries. the following, Maksudyan succeeds in making people who find themselves farthest faraway from strength the lead actors during this background. targeting orphans and destitute adolescence of the past due Ottoman Empire, the writer provides voice to these childrens who've lengthy been ignored. Their reviews and views shed new gentle on many major advancements of the overdue Ottoman interval, offering another narrative that acknowledges teenagers as old agents.
Maksudyan takes the reader from the intimate international of toddler foundlings to the bigger foreign context of missionary orphanages, all whereas targeting Ottoman modernization, urbanization, citizenship, and the upkeep of order and defense. Drawing upon archival documents, she explores the ways that the remedy of orphans intersected with welfare, hard work, and nation development within the Empire. through the publication, Maksudyan doesn't lose sight of her lead actors, and the impact of the youngsters is usually current if we easily hear and see conscientiously as Maksudyan so convincingly argues.

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The dates of the cases range from 1811 to 1911. 41%). These locations were chosen when it was intended that the baby be found, rescued, and adopted. 27 Despairing parents understandably looked for the best alternatives, which often were the wealthiest households, for their babies. 63%). 11%) (this low figure may result from a research bias, due to underreporting by the church to the police). Non-Muslim millets had their own communal relief mechanisms. When an infant was left at a church, religious authorities made the necessary arrangements to entrust the foundling either with a family or a wet nurse.

They were no longer outside the historical scene. On the contrary, children gained channels for being visible and loud. They assumed significant roles, which left traces in the records. More than a hundred years later, it is possible to perceive how their part was crucial in enforcing, challenging, or rewriting history. This book suggests an alternative vista of Ottoman modernization from within the viewpoint of orphans. Different aspects of Ottoman modernization, such as industrialization, urbanization, economic development, welfare policies, educational centralization, and strengthening of nationalist ideologies, are analyzed through children’s lead.

The mother had to abandon him due to poverty and disgrace. When Konstantin notified the police, the officers took him to the newly opened foundling department of the poorhouse of Istanbul, Darülaceze. Soon after, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate filed a complaint claiming that the child had been taken on an improper basis, as Hanefi Islamic legislation ordered that foundlings should be raised by their own coreligionists. After an investigation by the Ministry of Justice and Sects and the Ministry of Interior, Todori was returned to the local church, where he was immediately baptized.

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