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Name of Object:

Balkan immigrants village at Sivrihisar


Istanbul, Turkey

Holding Institution:

Istanbul University, Nadir Eserler Kütüphanesi (Rare Books Library)

 About Ministry of Culture and Tourism (General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums), Istanbul

Date of Object:

19th century

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The civilian population living in the Balkans was forced to migrate to Anatolia due to the Balkan Wars at the end of the 18th century: the 1821 Mora rebellion, the 1856 Crimean war, the 1864 Russian-Caucasian war, the 1877-1878 Ottoman-Russian War, the 1896-97 Crete Rebellion, the 1912-13 Balkan Wars, World War I from 1914 to 1918 and the 1919-22 Greek-Turkish War. These wars resulted in mass migrations. The Ottoman Empire lost almost all its European territories west of the River Maritsa, drawing present day Turkey's western border. A large influx of Turks started to flee into the Ottoman heartland as a result of the lost lands. By 1914, the remaining core region of the Ottoman Empire had experienced a population increase of around 2.5 million because of the flood of immigration from the Balkans.

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"Balkan immigrants village at Sivrihisar" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2024. https://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;tr;119;en;N

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