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.
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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.