Batman Universitesi Yasam Bilimleri Dergisi
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Cilt 1, Sayı 1  Ocak-Haziran 2012  (ISSN: 2147-4877, E-ISSN: 2459-0614)
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1356291738 Chester Railway Project

Before World War I, foreign companies invested in various sectors in the land
of the Ottoman Empire, but the railway sector was the most important part of them. Its
advantages, especially in terms of operating raw material sources, have whetted Western’s
appetite. While these investments were generally made byEngland, France and Germany
from these cond half of the XIX. Century, the USA entering a quick imperialism process
from the beginning of the XX. Century also turned these investments.
Chester Railway Project, whose beginning dates back to 1908, however could not
be concluded at the firstTurkish Parliament, and then was added to agenda of Grand
National Assembly of Turkey once again. Through this project, it was predicted a wide
railway track running through Harput, Ergani, Diyarbakır, Siirt, Bitlis between Sivas and
Van would be constructed, and it would connect to Mosul, Kirkuk and Sulaimania, on
the one hand the construction of side tracks connecting to Mediterranean in Yumurtalık
or Süveydiye that are in Adana area, and the construction of a port in Yumurtalık and
Süveydiye.
Especially the threat of Mosul’s, theoil-rich-region, passing under the control of American
capital has disturbed the other colonial states having interests in the region. In this study,
the attitudes of both the First Turkish Parliamentand Grand National Assembly of Turkey
towards this Project and their evaluations about the proposals made by the company have
be entried to be presented.