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Representing Modern Istanbul

Urban History and International Institutions in Twentieth Century Beyoglu

Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul would lose its position as capital yet remain a crucial urban centre in the new Turkish republic. Since the 1950s it has undergone a metamorphosis from a mid-sized city to a megapolis. Les mer
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Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul would lose its position as capital yet remain a crucial urban centre in the new Turkish republic. Since the 1950s it has undergone a metamorphosis from a mid-sized city to a megapolis. Beyoglu, historically represented as its most ‘cosmopolitan’ district and home to European embassies and cultural institutions, is a microcosm of these changes. This book explores the urban history of Beyoglu via a series of case studies which use previously unexamined archival material to tell the story of its local and international institutions. From the German Teutonia club and a centre point of Turkey’s cinema culture to influential francophone, British and German schools which educated many of Turkey’s future elite, the book charts the shifting identities of the residents of the district. These case studies reveal the effects of changing political circumstances, from the rise of nationalism to Turkey’s place in the Cold War, as well as critically examining Beyoglu’s legacy as a multicultural centre. In the process, the book reveals a picture of resilience, cross-cultural contact and provides an important contribution to our understanding of present-day and historical Istanbul and Beyoglu.
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Forlag: I.B. Tauris
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 208
ISBN: 9780755637461
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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«“Maessen’s original work shows how an allegedly cosmopolitan urban environment becomes a new, contested laboratory for the social and cultural production of space. Memories of late Ottoman pluralism and refractions of the Cold War, nation-building ethos and minorities’ right to the city: all embedded in a landscape whose legitimate “owners” are still being questioned.”»

Paolo Girardelli, Bogaziçi University, Turkey

«Enno Maessen provides a welcome addition to the growing literature on post-1945 urban history. In introducing us to the clubs, cinemas and international schools of a cosmopolitan Istanbul district he also sheds fresh light on European identities on the margins of the continent.»

Moritz Föllmer, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Introduction

1. Istanbul and Beyoglu in the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries

2. Bosphorus Germans and the Teutonia Club

3. Yesilçam Street or Turkish Hollywood: Novel Cultural Industries in Beyoglu

4. A Francophone National Institution: Galatasaray High School

5. Beacon of Britishness: the English High School for Girls

6. The Pivot of German Cultural Diplomacy in Turkey: The German High School

Conclusion and Epilogue
Enno Maessen is Lecturer in History at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He has (co-)authored articles and reviews in Patterns of Prejudice, Middle Eastern Studies, The Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, Journal of World History, and International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity.