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TitleEastern Mediterranean Port Cities [electronic resource] : A Study of Mersin, Turkey—From Antiquity to Modernity / edited by Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu, Eyüp Özveren, Tülin Selvi Ünlü
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2019
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Descript XV, 259 p. 50 illus., 28 illus. in color. online resource


This book surveys the historical development, current problems and likely prospects for Eastern Mediterranean port cities, providing contributions from scholars from various disciplines, such as archaeologists, historians, economists, urban planners and architects. By studying the city of Mersin and the surrounding area, it offers insights into the changing nature of Eastern Mediterranean port cities. The first part of the book discusses the approaches to the Mediterranean World, from the late prehistory to the present, and questions the implications of the values inherited from the past for a sustainable future. The second part then examines the social structure of Eastern Mediterranean port cities presenting an in-depth study of different ethnic groups and communities. In the third part the changing physical structure of these cities is elucidated from the perspectives of archaeology, architecture, and urban planning. The last part focuses on urban memory through a detailed study based on live recordings of original accounts by the local people. The book benefits prospective researchers in the field of Mediterranean studies, archaeology, history, economic history, architecture and urban planning


Introduction -- The Mediterranean Idea: From the Roman Mare Nostrum to the Book of the Sea by Nahụm Slouschz (1948) -- Mediterranean as a Supra-Regional Interaction Sphere during Late Prehistory An Overview on Problems and Prospects -- Settlements in the Hellenistic Period in Cilicia -- Anthroscapes: A Robust Basis for Mapping Land Quality and Sustainable Land Use Patterns -- Visible / Invisible: Sanctity, History and Topography in Tarsus -- Maronites in Mersin Through its Process of Becoming an Important Port City (The 19th and the 20th Century) -- The Greek-Orthodox Community of Mersin (mid-19th century to 1921) -- Where Have All the Egyptian Fellahin Gone? Labor in Mersin and Çukurova (Second Half of the 19th Century) -- Why did the German Levantine Cotton Company Settle in Cilicia? -- The Port of Mersin from the Nineteenth Century to the Twentieth Century -- Entrepreneurial Spirit and Modernization of a Port City: The Case of Mersin -- Adana-Mersin Railway Station Buildings:v A Cross-section of the 19th Century Ottoman Architecture -- Changes to urban form in Eastern Mediterranean port cities: Formation and transformation of the Çamlıbel neighborhood in Mersin -- The Denizens’ Turn

Regional planning Cities and towns-History Middle East-History Sustainable development Sociology Urban Urban economics Landscape/Regional and Urban Planning. Urban History. History of the Middle East. Sustainable Development. Urban Studies/Sociology. Urban Economics.


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