Author(s): Mehmet Yavuz ERLER

An inundation of Erzurum in the year of 1910, under the administration of constitutional law, offers sufficient historical manuscripts in order to investigate the correspondence between the state and the public. The investigation searches of the rulers of the territory make possible to the victims of the disaster zone for that the oral application to the state officials. This case proves that there is another source and way for application rather than well-known regulation of “petition” (arzuhal). Nonetheless the claims of the public of the disaster zone delivered to the rulers of the territory as an oral application, the claims and requests of the public take its place within the ruler’s official investigation report. It hence proves that there is an alternative source, make the publics needs familiar to the Porte along with the known source “petition” (arzuhal). This study put forward the investigation reports as an alternative sources for the correspondence between the state and the public and evaluates the source, how to make benefit with historical evidences.


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