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By the Light of a Candle

The Diaries of a Reserve Officer in the Ottoman Army - First World War Diaries and Other Records of the Period of 1915-1919


By Ragip Nurettin Ege; Translated by Günes N. Ege-Akter; Prepared and Annotated by Edward J. Erickson
Translation from Ottoman Turkish of the diaries of Ragip Nurettin Ege, a reserve officer in the Ottoman army during the First World War.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-864-9
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Nov 20,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 365
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-864-9
$173.00
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By the Light of a Candle is a translation of the diaries and letters kept by Ragip Nurettin Ege, a Turkish reserve officer during the First World War. Discovered shortly before Ege’s death in 1960, the diaries were translated by his daughter from Ottoman Turkish into English to bring his experiences to the English-speaking audience. The documents shed light on an one soldier’s experience of the tragic events of the First World War. But Ege’s diaries also comprise a family history as he describes his youth and his prolonged courtship of future wife. In addition to the translated documents, Ege’s daughter, Günes Ege-Akter also includes a historical sketch of the period during which her father wrote his diaries.

By the Light of a Candle is a translation of the diaries and letters kept by Ragip Nurettin Ege, a Turkish reserve officer during the First World War. Discovered shortly before Ege’s death in 1960, the diaries were translated by his daughter from Ottoman Turkish into English to bring his experiences to the English-speaking audience. The documents shed light on an one soldier’s experience of the tragic events of the First World War. But Ege’s diaries also comprise a family history as he describes his youth and his prolonged courtship of future wife. In addition to the translated documents, Ege’s daughter, Günes Ege-Akter also includes a historical sketch of the period during which her father wrote his diaries.

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Ragip Nurettin Ege

Günes N. Ege-Akter

Edward J. Erickson

  • ABOUT THE EDITORS (page 5)
  • DEDICATION (page 7)
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 9)
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (page 11)
  • I.WHO KNOWS WHAT DAYBREAK WILL BRING (page 15)
  • SERVICE IN THE EAST-HISTORICAL BACKDROP (page 17)
  • THE FAMILY AND THE DIARIES (page 23)
  • II.CALLED TO DUTY (page 31)
  • 1915 DIARY (page 33)
  • III.IN THE SERVICE OF THE EMPIRE (page 279)
  • IN THE OFFICERS' MESS-LIFE OF A RESERVE OFFICER (page 283)
  • IV.A LAND WORTH DYING FOR (page 295)
  • POST-WAR STRUGGLES (page 297)
  • V.CALLED TO THE COLOURS (page 353)
  • EPILOGUE (page 355)
  • APPENDIX (page 358)
  • GLOSSARY (page 360)