New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_13176
The Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain in Istanbul. The fountain was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II to the Ottoman Empire in 1898, showing the close link between the German and Ottoman Empires, 1926.
Why did Wilhelm II want to establish a relationship with the Ottoman Empire?
What was the benefit of the Bagdad railroad in terms of Germany’s intended international policy during World War I?
What does the modern fountains design say about the Ottoman Empire’s modernization during the early 20th century?
Consider other symbolic gifts that have been given by one country to another country. What was the given purpose of such gift? Was their a hidden intention as well?
Art: Create a monument marking a relationship with another person. Include symbolic details on the monument that marks important elements of that friendship.
English: Write a letter to the Sultan Abdulhamid II explaining why or why he should not accept the Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain as a gift. Include historic details about what happened to the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
Jonathan S. McMurray, Distant Ties: Germany, the Ottoman Empire, and the construction of the Baghdad Railway. Praeger: Westport CT 2001, 156 pp., L53.90.