Western propaganda against Sultan Abdulhamid II

During Abdulhamid II’s 33-year reign as the sultan of the Ottoman Empire, he was called names like ‘oppressor’, ‘tyrant’ and ‘dictator’ by the likes of French historian Albert Vandal and English prime minister William E. Gladstone.

Western propaganda against Sultan Abdulhamid II

Emre Gul / Historical Document / World Bulletin

When Sultan Abdulhamid II took to the Ottoman throne in 1876, the Ottoman Empire was in a phase of weakness and was falling apart. His opponents were to call his 33-year reign the ‘era of oppression', but in order to rid the threat of the empire falling apart completely due to dangers both within and outside its borders, he completely reformed the empire’s governance. Putting a great deal of emphasis on establishing a firm foundation, he showed the importance of investing into the education sector and re-organized the treasury in order to decrease the empire’s debts.

In terms of his foreign policy, as the recognized Caliph of all Muslims both inside and outside the empire, he utilized his position of influence over the Muslim world to the maximum, which made the British Empire very uncomfortable. Ottoman flags and posters of Abdulhamid II were put up in even the remotest of Indian villages. Supplications were made in Indonesia, China, Africa and central Asia in the name of the Caliph and Commander of the Believers, Abdulhamid II. Simply from money collected from the financing and construction sectors alone, without resorting to loans or interest, he built the Hejaz railway from Istanbul to the holy city of Mecca. He also laid out the blueprints for bridges going across the Bosphorus and Halic River in Istanbul.

His pan-Islamic approach impeded on British interests in the Muslim world. Additionally, his open opposition to Zionism and the settlement of Jews in the lands of Palestine upset
many Zionist lobbyists in the western media. Using the Armenian crisis as an excuse to get Europe to intervene, the British Empire and Jewish capitalists decided that the only way to secure their interests was to bring Abdulhamid II down. For this reason, a propaganda campaign against Abdulhamid II was started in Europe. Working with opposition groups in the empire, an assassination attempt took place on July 21, 1905, as Abdulhamid II was leaving the Hamidiye Mosque.

During Abdulhamid II’s 33-year reign as the sultan of the Ottoman Empire, he was called names like ‘oppressor’, ‘tyrant’ and ‘dictator’ by the likes of French historian Albert Vandal and English prime minister William E. Gladstone. Even after he was dethroned by a military coup in 1909, the propaganda campaign against him continued, with calls for him to be hanged.

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MaGYAR
MaGYAR - 5 yıl Before

Historical records are available from various diplomats in Istabul, etc. Rather than resort to propoganda about the Armenians, what is needed is thourough, honest research, possibly under the auspisis of the UN. Otherwise, extortion and manipulation of the Turkish people will result ( continue ).

Magyar
Magyar - 5 yıl Before

During Abdulhamid II’s rule, the British starved India while exporting their food. Conquered South Africa by creating starvation concentration camps containing Dutch settler women and children. The Boor’s sued for peace to save their families. Yet British propaganda attacked others; what are the relative numbers killed?

Hamidian massacres
Hamidian massacres - 5 yıl Before

Hamid was a cold blooded murderer his campaign against Armenians especially the business people and scholars between 1880-1898 earned him the title of "The Bloody Sultan" over 400,000 Armenians were killed under his dictatorship. Creating over 25,000 Armenian orphans creating the prelude to the darkest stain on Turkish History the systematic Genocide of Armenians 1.5 million in 1915.

Michael nmi Ali
Michael nmi Ali - 5 yıl Before

what years did British Forces travel with Turkish Flags in Africa

Armenian orphans
Armenian orphans - 5 yıl Before

Instead of pointing fingers at other countries atrocities, try assuming some responsibilities for your history. Then maybe the world would respect Turkey instead of scorn you and your stupid denialism. America and 6 other countries have extensive documentation on the Hamidian Massacres, by "theBloody Sultan". The posters of this orphan maker speak for themselves.

Extortion of what?
Extortion of what? - 5 yıl Before

Are you talking about the churches that were looted, land confiscated or worse converted into mosques, like the great St. Hagia Sofia in Constaniople. Oops sorry to insult your Turkishness but your bloody ancestors also had to change the name to Istanbul. Frankly there is tons of documentation worldwide, and not just from Armenians even the ambassador to turkey morganthau wrote about this.

Ahmet cetin
Ahmet cetin - 5 yıl Before

His pan-Islamic approach impeded on British interests in the Muslim world

tolga zafer C
tolga zafer C - 5 yıl Before

Does history written a war without loot? From ur ex. Remember looted Constantinapole in the year 1204 by the crusaders. At least u must knowthat before writing against a Turk you bloody bitch. We don't care bitch.