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Turkey And Her Nationalist Leaders As Seen In The 1923 Reports Of Louise Bryant

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Few of us know about Louise Bryant's 1923 eyewitness reports on Turkey's people and their nationalist leaders. This chapter is mainly based on those records of Louise Bryant (1885-1936) which were long thought lost. In Russia in 1921, Louise Bryant met several important Turkish figures. She became acquainted with Ali Fuat Pasha, War College classmate and long time associate of Mustafa Kemal. Louise Bryant reached İstanbul on April 22, 1923. She spent most of the next seven months there or in Ankara. Bryant's first impressions of İstanbul were mixed. She found the great mosques "truly lovely." She visited Sancta Sophia and found the nearby Cisterns "most thrilling." In Ankara, Louise heard about the heroic efforts of peasant women to get ammunition and supplies to their sons, brothers, and husbands defending Anatolia during their independence war.

Keywords: İstanbul; Ankara; Louise Bryant; Mustafa Kemal; nationalist leaders; peasant women; Turkey



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