ACRITAS, D.

Peuples et Races de l'Asie Mineure.

Aperçu historique et ethnographique.

Constantinople: [no publisher] 1922 Stock Code: 134320
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First and sole edition of this interesting survey dating to the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Highly uncommon, not located on Library Hub, WorldCat cites copies at just eight institutional libraries worldwide, three in the US (Princeton, Ohio, Cincinnati), the remainder in Europe.

The present work, commissioned by Aristeidis Stergiadis, High Commissioner at Smyrna during the Greek occupation of the city during the Greek-Turkish War (1919-22), comprises an overview of the history and geography of the region, alongside summaries covering ethnic diversity (Greek, Armenian, Syrian, and Kurdish populations), as well as religious denominations in the Ottoman administrative areas (the sanjaks, vilayets and kazas) of Asia Minor (Anatolia). Included are proclamations by the Greek Government (dated 14/27 July 1922) and by Stergiadis. who had a reputation for even-handedness with the Turkish community, a vitally important factor following the Anatolian Greek genocide of 1914-22, and was "an acknowledged expert in Muslim law... In Epirus where he served as governor-general he had won a reputation for firm and impartial government" (Smith, p. 92).

With the signing of the Treaty of Sévres (10 August 1920), the Ottoman Empire was to be partitioned, with Greece acquiring "all of European Turkey except the immediate area around Istanbul (Constantinople), which came under international control. The Greeks were also awarded the city of Smyrna (Izmir), several Aegean islands, and large parts of western Anatolia" (Tucker, p. 1451). On 15 May 1919 the Hellenic army landed at Smyrna and drove inland, but after initial successes was checked at the Sakarya River in August-September 1921 and was eventually driven back by Turkish forces under Atatürk.







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Description

Octavo. Original buff wrappers printed in black.

Illustrations

4 statistical tables (2 folding).

Condition

Contemporary stamp to title (Cavadia Library). Slight dust-marking and toning to wrappers, letterpress lightly toned. A very good copy, largely unopened.

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