By Geert Mak
Istanbul’s Galata Bridge has spanned the Golden Horn because the 6th century advert, connecting the outdated urban with the extra Western districts to the north. however the bridge is a urban in itself, peopled through retailers and petty thieves, travelers and fishermen, and while a microcosmic mirrored image of Turkey because the hyperlink among Asia and Europe. Geert Mak introduces us to the girl who sells lottery tickets, the cigarette proprietors, and the simplest pickpockets in Europe. He tells us concerning the delight of the cobbler and the tea-seller's homesickness. And he describes the function of honor in Turkish tradition, the enticements of fundamentalism and violence, and the urge to outlive, even within the face of depression. those tales of the bridge’s denizens are interwoven with vignettes illuminating moments within the heritage of Istanbul and Turkey and laying off mild on Turkey’s courting with Europe and the West, the Armenian query, the migration from the Turkish geographical region to the town, and the death of the Ottoman Empire.
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In return, each state secures 'loyal' and dependent citizens, while ridding itself of potentially disloyal 'aliens'. As of mid-October 1922, it seemed to Nansen that he could and must proceed quicldy with a grand bargain between Greece and Turkey on precisely those lines. One reason for urgency was the obvious fact that the unilateral expulsion of Anatolia's Christians was grinding on. Turkey's ports were fIlling up with refugees who had been driven from their homes and were desperately hoping to be evacuated.
In fact it was delayed by another week; this intensified the Turks' suspicion that Britain, as host of the conference, was using the extra time to garner diplomatic support and deny them the fruits of their victory on the battlefield. Nansen and Venizelos had hoped that a population exchange could be negotiated well before the peace conference started. The impasse over the Constantinople Greeks had made that impossible, but as the conference opened with a sonorous welcome from the President of Switzerland, it was widely understood that the fate of religious minorities in both Greece and Turkey was among the most pressing items on the agenda.
He became one of the central figures in negotiating the deal whereby Greece and Turkey deported their religious minorities, not by a unilateral act of force but by international agreement. His main partners were Venizelos, who had accepted the Greek government's plea to act as its international advocate; and Lord Curzon, a former Viceroy of India who was nearing the end of a glittering career and regarded Greek and Turk with almost equal contempt. Nansen had to settle for any interlocutors he could find among the victorious Turks; they showed a pricldiness in dealing with the outside world that reminded him of the Bolsheviks.
The Bridge: A Journey Between Orient and Occident by Geert Mak