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From 1960 on, all non-Turkish names in Turkey were changed. In the east of the country nearly all traditional Armenian, Kurdish, Greek, Arabic and other names made place for new Turkish names.


Because of the name changes, it is extremely difficult to locate places mentioned in 19th century sources.


The geographical reader's guides on these pages include all the original names mentioned by the authors, and give their new names and administrative status.


Currently a limited number of guides are available for the books specified below. More will be added in the future. The place names mentioned by the authors are also included in the geographical index.

ABBOTT, Keith Edward

Notes of a tour in Armenia in 1837

in: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London 12 (1842) pp.207-220


full text with geographical annotations on this website



AINSWORTH, William

Notes on a journey from Kaisariyah, by Malatiyah, to Bir or Birehjik

in Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London 11 (1841) pp.311-340


full text with geographical annotations on this website



BARKLEY, Henry

A ride through Asia Minor and Armenia; giving a sketch of the characters, manners and customs of both the Mussulman and Christian inhabitants.

London, 1891 (Murray)


geographical annotations to digital edition on archive.org



BISHOP (Mrs) [ = Isabella Bird]

Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, including a summer in the Upper Karun region and a visit to the Nestorian rayahs.

London, 1891. 2 vols


geographical annotations to digital edition on openlibrary.org


BRANT, James

Notes of a Journey through a part of Kurdistan, in the Summer of 1838

in: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 10 (1841) pp.341-432


full text with geographical annotations on this website



LAYARD, Austen H.

Discoveries among the ruins of Nineveh and Babylon with travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the desert; being the result of a second expedition undertaken for the trustees of the British Museum

New York, 1853 (Harper & Brothers Publishers)


geographical annotations to digital edition on archive.org



LYNCH, Henry F.B.

Armenia. Travels and studies

2 vols. vol. II The Turkish provinces

London, 1901 (Longmans, Green, and Co.)


geographical annotations to digital edition on archive.org



PERCY (EARL)

Highlands of Asiatic Turkey

London, 1901 (Edward Arnold)


geographical annotations to digital edition on archive.org



POLLINGTON (VISCOUNT)

Notes on a journey from Erz-Rúm, by Músh, Diyár-Bekr, and Bíreh-jik, to Aleppo, in June, 1838

in: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London 10 (1841) pp.445-454


full text with geographical annotations on this website →



SHIEL, J.

Notes on a Journey from Tabríz, through Kurdistán, via Ván, Bitlís, Se'ert and Erbíl, to Suleïmániyeh, in July and August, 1836

in: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London 8 (1838) pp.54-101


geographical annotations to digital edition on archive.org



TAYLOR, J.G.

'Travels in Kurdistan, with Notices of the Sources of the Eastern and Western Tigris, and Ancient Ruins in their Neighbourhood', the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 35 (1865) pp.21-58


full text with geographical annotations on this website →



TAYLOR, J.G.

'Journal of a Tour in Armenia, Kurdistan, and Upper Mesopotamia, with Notes of Researches in the Deyrsim Dagh', in: the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 38 (1868) pp.281-361


full text with geographical annotations on this website →



SUTER, Henry

Notes on a Journey from Erz-Rúm to Trebizond, by way of Shebb-kháneh, Kará Hisár, Sívas, Tókát, and Sámsún, October 1838

in: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London 10 (1841) pp.434-444


geographical annotations to digital edition on archive.org


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