Fevzi Çakmak Diaries
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Çakmak was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1876 to a family rich in the tradition of military service. Beginning in 1899, he actively participated in the military actions in the Balkans, which included the Balkan Wars, World War I, and the War of Independence. Later Çakmak developed a career as a government official, first as part of the Ottoman Government and later the Turkish Republic. He held various positions which include Chief of the General Staff, Minister of War, Minister of National Defense, and Head of the Council of Ministers. Çakmak died on April 10, 1950. 1
Information collected from Nilüfer Hatemi, "Unfolding a Life: Marshal Fevzi Çakmak's Diaries" (Ph.D diss., Princeton University, 2000).
Consists of six diaries, a notebook, and a calendar that primarily document Çakmak's experiences and observances during his military career in Albania and the Balkans (1911-1921). Prominent in the diaries are entries about the Balkan Wars and World War I. Two small diaries cover the first several months of 1950 and include the final four entries made before Çakmak died.
The collection has been arranged by material type (diary, notebook, and calendar) and then chronologically.
Gift of Prof. Ahmet Sefik Cakmak in 2002 (2003-32).
This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2002. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in 2002.
No appraisal information is available.
- Balkan Peninsula -- History -- War of 1912-1913.
- Turkey -- Armed forces -- Officers -- 20th century -- Diaries.
- Turkey -- Armed forces -- Officers -- 20th century -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
- Turkey -- Officials and employees -- 20th century -- Diaries.
- Turkey -- Officials and employees -- 20th century -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
- Turkey -- Politics and government -- 1909-1918.
- Manuscripts Division
- Finding Aid Author
- Karla J. Vecchia
- Finding Aid Date
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[Read from the front] Daily entries with information on Albania, the Balkans, and the Balkan Wars; includes 2 loose sheets
[Read upside down from the back] Notes, calculations, and drawingsPhysical Description
Daily entries with information on the situation after the Balkan Wars, and the outbreak and fighting of World War I; notes; calculations; and tables; includes 1 loose sheetPhysical Description
Daily entries with information about a major part of World War I; includes 2 postcards and a pencilPhysical Description
Includes 4 loose sheets and 3 small cardsPhysical Description
Last four diary entries before Çakmak's deathPhysical Description
Calculations concerning military matters, copies of military orders, and sketchesPhysical Description
Title in Ottoman script: Takvim-i Milli, 1338
Notes, foreign vocabularies (English, French, German, etc.), calculations, and sketchesPhysical Description