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Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 4:30pm
White Hall, Room 110
123 Central Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Presented by the Ottoman Turkish Studies Innitiative:
This talk tells the story of Artin Harputlian, a prominent banker, migrant smuggler, and political wheeler-dealer in the Anatolian provincial town of Harput-Mezre, and the efforts of powerful rivals to destroy his banking and smuggling empire. This case, stretching from the last years of Sultan Abdulhamid II’s autocratic rule into the early years of the Second Constitutional Era, provides a unique perspective onto local and regional politics in the Ottoman east immediately preceding the Armenian genocide.
David Gutman is Associate Professor of History at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. He is author of the forthcoming book, The Politics of Armenian Migration to North America, 1885-1915: Sojourners, Smugglers, and Dubious Citizens (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).
Comparative Muslim Societies Program
Cornell Institute for European Studies
Near Eastern Sudies