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The Reports of the Last British Consul in Trabzon, 1949-1956


A Foreigner's Perspective on a Region in Transformation


This collection of reports from the British consul responsible for north-eastern Anatolia offer a previously unavailable look at the development of the region during the 1950s.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-123-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jun 24,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 406
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-123-7
$183.00
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Vorley Harris was appointed as British consul in Trabzon on the Black Sea in 1948 and served in the position until 1956, when the consulate ceased to exist. Although today well-developed, Trabzon was at the time something of a backwater. However, at the time it was undergoing a period of rapid growth, both demographic and economic. Harris’s consular are was not limited to Trabzon, but streched along the Black Sea coast from Sinop to the border of the Soviet Union, and as far away as Tokat, Erzurum and Kars. As a result, his consular reports, which are collected in this volume, provide an insight into the issues affecting the whole of north-eastern Turkey in the first decade after the Second World War.

Vorley Harris was appointed as British consul in Trabzon on the Black Sea in 1948 and served in the position until 1956, when the consulate ceased to exist. Although today well-developed, Trabzon was at the time something of a backwater. However, at the time it was undergoing a period of rapid growth, both demographic and economic. Harris’s consular are was not limited to Trabzon, but streched along the Black Sea coast from Sinop to the border of the Soviet Union, and as far away as Tokat, Erzurum and Kars. As a result, his consular reports, which are collected in this volume, provide an insight into the issues affecting the whole of north-eastern Turkey in the first decade after the Second World War.

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Christopher Harris

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 7)
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (page 8)
  • PROFILE OF THE BRITISH CONSUL, VORLEY HARRIS AND LIFE AT THE CONSULATE, TRABZON 1949-1956 (page 9)
  • FACTS AND FIGURES (page 21)
  • THE CONSULATE AT TRABZON (page 25)
  • TOUR OF THE RIZE VILAYET (page 39)
  • REPORT ON TOUR IN THE VILAYETS OF AGRI / KARAKOSE AND VAN (page 55)
  • THE EASTERN BLACK SEA ZONE OF TURKEY (page 83)
  • THE VILAYET OF TRABZON (page 87)
  • THE VILAYET OF GIRESUN (page 113)
  • THE VILAYET OF ORDU (page 127)
  • TOURS IN EASTERN ANNATOLIA: VILAYETS OF GUMUSHANE, ERZURUM AND KARS INCLUDING CORRESPENDENCE RE SERDERABAD BARRAGE (page 141)
  • TOUR IN THE VILAYET OF SAMSUN (page 163)
  • TOUR IN THE AMASYA AND ORDU VILAYETS (page 187)
  • NOTES ON A TOUR OF NORTH-EASTERN TURKEY AT THE END OF MAY AND TEH BEGINNING OF JUNE 1954 (BY AMBASSADOR SIR JAMES BOWKER) (page 209)
  • THE VILAYETS OF SINOP AND TOKAT (page 219)
  • APPENDIX A: SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF FAZIL KAFTANOGLU, VALI OF TOKAT (page 249)
  • THE VILAYETS OF RIZE AND CORUH INCLUDING ROUTE REPORTS (page 251)
  • APPENDIX B: HOPA - BORCKA - ARDAHAN - KARS (page 293)
  • APPENDIX C: ROUTE REPORT BORCKA - MURGUL (page 301)
  • POLITICAL REPORTS: a) REACTIONS TO THE GENERAL ELECTIONS IN THE TRABZON AND OTHER EASTERN VILAYETS OF TURKEY (page 303)
  • b) POLITICAL PARTIES IN TRABZON & THE PRIME MINISTER'S VISIT (page 309)
  • c) POLITICAL REPORT - TRABZON CONSULAR AREA (page 316)
  • d) POLITICAL REPORTS (page 326)
  • e) GENERAL ELECTION 1954 (page 332)
  • f) ANALYSIS OF RESULTS IN 14 VILAYETS COMPRISING THE TRABZON CONSULAR AREA (page 337)
  • g) POLITICAL REPORT TRABZON AND DISTRICT OCTOBER 1955 (page 338)
  • h) RECENT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BLACK SEA COASTAL AREAS 1956 (page 344)
  • FINAL REPORT ON TRABZON CONSULAR AREA BY CONSUL MR. V. HARRIS WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO CHANGES AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL LIFE OF THE AREA DURING HIS TOUR OF DUTY (page 347)
  • ANNEX (page 387)
  • INDEX (page 400)