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A Legacy of Change

The Saga of a Turkish Family from Empire to Republic


Eris Perese’s historical novel tells a Turkish family’s experience of the transition between Empire and Republic. Set between the Balkan Wars and the Second World War, A Legacy of Change follows Aydin’s youth in Istanbul and then his experiences in Europe under Nazi threat.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-904-2
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Nov 30,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 267
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-904-2
$149.00

In this historical novel we meet the young man Aydin Rodoplu, preparing for university in Istanbul and as a student of medicine in Vienna during the Second World War. He returns to Turkey the day before it severs relations with Germany, before finally departing for America to have a career in medical research by the end of 1945. As it follows Aydin through a skiing holiday, interrogations with the Gestapo, romantic explorations and the loss of loved ones to the brutalities of war, A Legacy of Change illuminates the complex influence of war on the life of an individual. At the same time, the novel offers interesting glimpses into Ottoman history through Aydin’s parents. Notably, it tells the story of the troublesome escape of his mother’s family from Tirana, Albania, to Tekirdag in Eastern Thrace during the Balkan Wars. In this way, A Legacy of Change offers a both personal and informative account of Modern European and Turkish history. The book is supplied with original photos and a list of references informing the authors’ research.

In this historical novel we meet the young man Aydin Rodoplu, preparing for university in Istanbul and as a student of medicine in Vienna during the Second World War. He returns to Turkey the day before it severs relations with Germany, before finally departing for America to have a career in medical research by the end of 1945. As it follows Aydin through a skiing holiday, interrogations with the Gestapo, romantic explorations and the loss of loved ones to the brutalities of war, A Legacy of Change illuminates the complex influence of war on the life of an individual. At the same time, the novel offers interesting glimpses into Ottoman history through Aydin’s parents. Notably, it tells the story of the troublesome escape of his mother’s family from Tirana, Albania, to Tekirdag in Eastern Thrace during the Balkan Wars. In this way, A Legacy of Change offers a both personal and informative account of Modern European and Turkish history. The book is supplied with original photos and a list of references informing the authors’ research.

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Eris F. Perese

Dogan M. Perese

  • ACKNOWLEDGMENT (page 8)
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 10)
  • CHAPTER I SHADOW OF A SULTAN'S GIFT (page 13)
  • CHAPTER II OTTOMAN RETREAT FROM THE BALKANS (page 25)
  • CHAPTER III AFTERMATH OF POPULATION EXCHANGES (page 45)
  • CHAPTER IV DESERTION AND DEATH (page 59)
  • CHAPTER V SETTING THE COURSE (page 77)
  • CHAPTER VI BULGARIAN FOUNTAIN-HEAD (page 91)
  • CHAPTER VII FAREWELL TO TURKEY (page 103)
  • CHAPTER VIII WESTWARD ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS: BULGARIAN COLLABORATION WITH GERMANY (page 109)
  • CHAPTER IX VIENNA IN 1943 (page 121)
  • CHAPTER X GERMAN INTRIGUE AND TURKISH NEUTRALITY (page 133)
  • CHAPTER XI TRIBUTE TO A TURKISH SPAHI (page 147)
  • CHAPTER XII LOVE AMIDST THE BOMBINGS (page 161)
  • CHAPTER XIII REST AND RECREATION WITH THE WEHRMACHT (page 185)
  • CHAPTER XIV WAR'S UNCOUNTED TOLL (page 199)
  • CHAPTER XV VIENNA WOODS IN WAR TIME (page 213)
  • CHAPTER XVI THE MOUNTAINS BECKON (page 223)
  • CHAPTER XVII GESTAPO VISITED (page 233)
  • CHAPTER XVIII NEGOTIATED DEPARTURE (page 241)
  • CHAPTER XIX PURSUIT OF A DREAM (page 251)
  • REFERENCES (page 261)