Istanbul / Bibliography
H.G. Dwight (1915), Constantinople and Istanbul Old and New, Longmans & Co.
This substantial account of Constantinople — or Istanbul, as it is known today — is both a history and a guide to that magnificent and fabled metropolis where east and west have met for many centuries. Written in 1915 when, as Stamboul, the city was the last stop on the Orient Express, it is illustrated with many rare period photographs. This book evokes all the color and richness of the ultimate oriental city, ancient capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, captured on the brink of modernization in the first years after the revolution. The author describes everyday life in the city, the features of permanent interest — such as mosques, gardens, fountains, the traces of Byzantium, and the quays of the Golden Horn — as well as the feasts, customs, festivals, and holidays that once enlivened Constantinople but are now only a memory. The work concludes with an account of the revolution and of the effects of World War I on the city. This is a portrait of the Istanbul that all travelers hope to find — and still can, in the pages of this book.
The book ‘Constantinople and Istanbul: Old and New’ is written in 1915 during wartime when the fate of the great empire faces great uncertainty and danger. The author delicately describes the historical fabric hidden in Stamboul, the ancient capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires and how the city gradually changes in the early years after the revolution. In addition, the author also illustrated the city in the spectacle of a normal Turkish citizen that what they would experience in their everyday life such as the mosques, gardens, fountains, the traces of Byzantium, the quays of the Golden Horn as well as the traditional feasts, customs, festivals and holidays that some of these events now become memory.
In the last few chapters, the book give a brief account on the Turk Revolution happened in 1908 followed by the outbreak of World War I in 1912. It visualizes how the city is slowly reshaped in different courses of war in terms of the physical boundary of the nation and also the lifestyle and reactions of Istanbul citizens. The stories and old photographs in each chapters are like fragmented puzzles that they combine together to form the portrait of Istanbul and some of the lost fragments of Constantinople.