Our Sultans were People Open to Technology
The external dependence of the railways and the availability of external financing have inevitably brought about foreign dependence in domestic politics.
President of the Turkish Historical Society Prof. Dr. Mehmet Metin Hülagü said, “Our sultans were people who were open to technology”.
Çankırı Karatekin University Social Studies Research Club organized the "Hejaz Railway" conference at the 100th Year Culture and Art Center, Deputy Governor Şerefnur Oktay, Çankırı Karatekin University Rector Prof. Dr. Ali İbrahim Savaş, lecturers and students.
Professor Dr. Hülagü, in his speech at the conference, said that railways have an important place in Turkish history.
Noting that the Ottoman sultans followed technology, Hülagü said:
“I don't know how you know our sultans, but they are people who are open to technology as I know them. When we look at the Turkish society today, we see how intertwined it is with technology. Turkey has the most people who use the internet in the world. Therefore, as a society, we are open to technology. It is like that in the sultans. When the construction of the railway comes to the agenda, it is discussed whether we should take the railway or not. The road to the station in Sirkeci will be built, but the railway must pass through the garden of Topkapı Palace. Sultan Abdulaziz says, 'Even if a railway can be built in my country, it should pass over my back. He says 'Never mind go pass' and the railway still passes there. Therefore, our sultans were people who were open to technology. "
Expressing that the French, British and Germans mainly built railways in the Ottoman geography, Hülagü said, “This is because we do not know its technology. "We had to use their technology because it came to us from the West."
Expressing that railways are built within the framework of some policies, Prof. Dr. Hülagü said, “We provided the financing of railways in two ways. There are railways that we have built by paying our own pocket money. Like the Hejaz railway. Or there are railways that we have fully financed and built to the west. While the railways were being built, they were under some influence ”.
- "Railways brought foreign debt burden" -
Noting that the loans taken while constructing the railways also affect the domestic policy, Hülagü said, “Railways necessarily brought us an external debt burden. Because we have had a financial problem. We got credit and it put a serious burden on us. Therefore, the fact that the railways are foreign-dependent and financing from outside inevitably brought foreign dependency in domestic policy. Therefore, these factors should also be taken into consideration in the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, ”he said.
- "Railway built without using foreign capital"
Stating that the use of foreign capital in railway construction is common, Hülagü said, “The only railway we have built without using foreign capital is the Hicaz Railway. We used foreign capital in all railways built in the Ottoman geography, except for Hejaz. In the Ottoman railways, we always brought engineers, masters and apprentices from outside, except for the Hejaz Railway. The Hejaz Railway is a unique railway. In other words, engineers are an exceptional railway in terms of their employees and capital. It has become a completely unique railway for us. The Hejaz railway is actually an important study that shows what the Turkish nation can and cannot achieve. "It was a great skill to work with the Hejaz railway in a period when the absence and distress was at its peak, and to realize the Hejaz railway in an atmosphere that nobody believes."
Source : www.haberciniz.biz