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The Objectives, Methods, and Course of the Anatolia: 19th Century Project.

During the reigns of Abdulaziz and Abdulhamid II, the Ottoman State invested in Anatolia much more than in those of previous sultans. Starting from 1854, they built railway networks, infrastructures for cotton and legume farms, educational institutions, and social spaces in growing urban centers by means of both privileges given to English, French and German companies and the state’s own budget. Consequently, a period of ‘prosperity’ that Anatolia had been a stranger to for a long while had started.

With this project, our team will be digitizing hundreds of documents on the connections among railways, the periodical state and transformation of cities constituting the nodes of these networks, mines and mineral resources, forest assets and how they were utilized, and the overall impact of foreigners on those aspects in cooperation with various establishments such as the Directorate of State Archives of Turkey and Bibliothèque nationale de France (the National Library of France), in addition to compiling the already digitized documents and visualizing them in our digital atlas. We hope that through the agency of the bibliography we are to create, researchers will be able to easily detect both archive studies on these subjects and relevant secondary sources.

Thereby, a bibliography as well as a visualization of Anatolia’s environmental transformation in the 19th century will be created. Our project interests undergraduate students and graduate researchers studying in various disciplines like history, sociology, and international relations; and academicians altogether.