March 18, 2009
Assoc. Prof. Mehmet Hacısalihoğlu
MIGRATION AND DESERTED VILLAGES IN BULGARIA SINCE THE WAR OF 93 UNTIL TODAY
Mehmet Hacısalihoğlu is an associated professor in Yıldız Technical University’s Department of Political Science and International Relations. His areas of interest are history of Balkan nations and nationalism movements in Balkans, 19th and 20th century Ottoman Empire, Young Turks movement and the Second Constitutional Period. He has recently published two books in Turkish titled Doğu Rumeli’de Kayıp Köyler: İslimye Sancağı’nda Göçler, İsim Değişikleri ve Harabeler and Jöntürkler ve Makedonya Sorunu.
In his speech, Hacısalihoğlu talked about the Turkish and Muslim villages in former İslimiye Province in the south of Bulgaria, which became deserted because of the migrations after 1877-1878 Ottoman-Russian War. He also presented the pictures and videos of the recent situation of the places of these former villages and noted the reasons behind the migrations from the villages.