The Eastern Mediterranean is one of the world’s most vibrant and vital commercial centres and for centuries the region’s cities and ports have been at the heart of East-West trade. Taking a full and comprehensive look at the region as a whole rather than isolating individual cities or distinct cultures, Cities of the Mediterranean offers a fresh and original portrait of the entire region, from the 16th century to the present.
In this ambitious inter-disciplinary study, the authors examine the relationships between the Eastern Mediterranean port cities and their hinterlands as well as inland and provincial cities from many different perspectives - political, economic, international and ecological - without prioritising either Ottoman Anatolia, or the Ottoman Balkans, or the Arab provinces in order to think of the Eastern Mediterranean world as a coherent whole. Through its penetrating analysis of the various networks that connected the ports and towns of the Mediterranean and their inhabitants throughout the Ottoman period, Cities of the Mediterranean presents the region as a unified and dynamic community and paves the way for a new understanding of the subject.
Biray Kolluoglu is Associate Professor of Sociology at Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. She has published on late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Izmir. Her research interests include historical sociology, nationalism, sociology of space and memory.
Meltem Toksöz is Assistant Professor of History at Bogaziçi University, Istanbul. Turkey. She has published on the history of Ottoman Mersin, the port-city, and on the regional history of Cilicia. Her research interests include historiography, the social history of the commercial elites and the modernization of state and society in late Ottoman history.