Blight of Asia, The

(ISBN: 1-903656-15-X)
2008 London
208 pages
Size: 6" x 9"
Language(s): English

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George Horton was the US consul-general in Smyrna during WWI and its immediate aftermath. His account of the burning of Smyrna (Izmir) and the forced exodus of its Greek and Armenian inhabitants chronicles the last stages in the ethnic cleansing of Asia Minor of its native Christian population. According to Horton, the sacking of Smyrna was due to the military prowess of Turkish nationalists, imperial rivalries amongst western powers, and commercial interest groups seeking advantages in the emerging Turkish republic. SPECIAL NOTE: The Blight of Asia was originally printed by Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1926. It is produced here as an original reprint which includes the silent editing of spelling errors, and the addition of an index of proper nouns.

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