Recommendation: Sibel Zandi-Sayek’s book

Sibel Zandi-Sayek, Ottoman Izmir. The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port, 1840-1880, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis/London, 2012.

Summary: Sibel Zandi-Sayek’s book is a rewarding example of a cultural approach to urban history. The author studies the transformation in the central decades of the nineteenth century of the Ottoman city of Izmir (Smyrna) in relation to it becoming a cosmopolitan port. Regarding the history of transport, her book is interesting as it shows how changing patterns in transport, such as the increase in naval transport of goods or developments in shipping technology, are closely intertwined with phenomena such as social change and transformations of urban space.

Darina Martykánová posted a review in The Journal of Transport History:  Sibel Zandi-Sayek, Ottoman Izmir. The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port, 1840-1880, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis/London, 2012. Reviewed by Darina Martykánová. The Journal of Transport History,34 (2013).

https://www.academia.edu/16846936/Sibel_Zandi-Sayek_Ottoman_Izmir._The_Rise_of_a_Cosmopolitan_Port_1840-1880_University_of_Minnesota_Press_Minneapolis_London_2012._Reviewed_by_Darina_Martyk%C3%A1nov%C3%A1._The_Journal_of_Transport_History_34_2013_

Darina Martykánová

Darina Martykánová is historian, dealing mainly with Spain and the Ottoman Empire. She works at the Departament of Modern History of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research focuses on the history of professions and on transnational circulation of knowledge. Her second line of research concerns the redefinition of masculinites in interaction with the discourse of "progress of civilisation".

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