OTTOMAN TELEGRAPH OFFICIALS BETWEEN GUILT AND INNOCENCE

Abstract

Author(s): Ahmet YKSEL

The Ottomans met with telegraph in the years of the Crimean War and adopted this means of communication with the most advanced technology at that time in a short while. Because of that, the telegraph was recognized by the Sultan and bureaucrats as one of the most important means of making the central authority felt in far-flung corners of the empire in the easiest and quickest way as well as checking the local authority beyond being a means of communication That is why, the four corners of the empire was bound together with telegraph lines in a short period of time. In addition, training activities aimed at raising local officers that would be deployed in the telegraph offices gained momentum. Upon completion of these infrastructure preparations, the desired result from communicating via telegraph began to be obtained. Shortly after, complaints relating to irregularities the telegraph offices and their employees began to arrive in Istanbul. In this study, complaints about the telegraph officers are discussed in terms of variety, reason, reality, legal process and results in the light of the documents obtained from Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives. Thus, some information regarding Ottoman bureaucracy which is believed to be interesting is achieved.

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