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On this day, classes began at Istanbul University. The teaching staff was predominantly German now. In Hitler’s Germany, scholars had lost their jobs because they were Jewish or otherwise undesired.... [Item of the Day]
Following a revolt of Albanians in 1730,  the Ottoman administration was very concerned about the great number of Albanians who crowded Istanbul in search of employment. Of particular interest to... [Item of the Day]
On 30 October 1914, the Ottoman Empire entered World War I. To fill the gaps in manpower in the armed forces, the state recruited people as 'volunteers'. A major category of volunteers included... [Item of the Day]
On 26 August 1896 the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, a small nationalist social-democratic organization, occupied the Ottoman Bank’s main office in Istanbul. While the occupation ended that same... [Item of the Day]
Western department stores played an important role in Istanbul’s retail trade in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They were important economic actors and employed hundreds of local... [Item of the Day]
In the 19th century, the Imperial Fez Factory Feshane employed 500 workers of different ethno-religious background. Wage ledgers provide unprecedented information not only on remuneration but also on... [Item of the Day]
Since the sixties many Turkish workers migrated to the Netherlands to become industrial workers. The so called 'guest' workers temporarily left their family behind and regularly sent part of their... [Item of the Day]
In April 1960 a series of large-scale student demonstrations in Turkey paralysed university campuses and led to bloody confrontations with the police. The growing tension between the government and... [Item of the Day]
In March and April 1964 severe fighting between Greeks and Turks on Cyprus broke out. The Cypriot government decided to establish a National Guard to maintain order. The Turks, however, thought the... [Item of the Day]
The Third of May is World Press Freedom Day. The list of journalists killed while performing their duties contains hundreds of names, and one of them is Lissy Schmidt.The German journalist Lissy... [Item of the Day]