PERCEPTION ABOUT THE OTTOMAN ADMINISTRATORS IN ALBANIA IN THE BOOKS OF MARY EDITH DURHAM


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SAATÇI ATA M. B.

BALKAN ARASTIRMA ENSTITUSU DERGISI-JOURNAL OF BALKAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE-JBRI, vol.9, no.1, pp.151-178, 2020 (ESCI) identifier

Abstract

Mary Edith Durham is a British anthropologist interested in Albania between 1900 and 1944. She had seven books and dozens of articles that she wrote about her impressions and thoughts about the region during her travels in the Balkans where, she travelled between 1900 and 1914. It is possible to follow her perception about the administrators in the region within the borders of the Ottoman State from August 1900 until the declaration of the independence of Albania dated November 1912. Among them much more than the others, it is possible to see Sultan Abdulhamid II, Haci Adil Bey, Esad Toptani and Ismail Kemal Bey. It is important to note that though Mary Edith Durham started as an independent traveller in this region, she was evaluated as one of the sources of information of the England's foreign policy. Also it must be stated that her views about the region and the administrators were not independent of Britain's foreign policy.