On the Memoirs of Sultan Abdulhamid

The first task of the history researchers is to determine the correct sources, especially the most important one. A main step to guarantee this is to ask under what conditions did such a source emerge. This means an inquiry about the origin of the sources. Only after this kind of inquiry comes the evaluation of the content of the source. Within this context, The Memoirs of Abdulhamit II, a book printed many times and widely used by historians is an important case. What surprises us is to find that this book has in fact two authors. Here we face an example of neglect by our historians. It is historians' duty to make research of the same kind about each sources they use. Ali BİRİNCİ
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