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Eastern Mediterranean Port Cities

A Study of Mersin, Turkey—From Antiquity to Modernity

  • Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu
  • Eyüp Özveren
  • Tülin Selvi Ünlü

Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu, Eyüp Özveren
    Pages 1-16
  3. Ümit Aydınoğlu
    Pages 53-62
  4. Selim Kapur, Erhan Akça, Claudio Zucca, Suha Berberoğlu, Somayyeh Razzaghi Miavaghi
    Pages 63-77
  5. Tülin Selvi Ünlü, Melike Kayam
    Pages 155-177
  6. Tülin Selvi Ünlü
    Pages 241-259

About this book


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.


Mediterranean World Eastern Mediterranean Port Cities Urban Memory Urban History Mersin

Editors and affiliations

  • Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu
    • 1
  • Eyüp Özveren
    • 2
  • Tülin Selvi Ünlü
    • 3
  1. 1.Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research CenterKoç UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Center for Mediterranean Urban StudiesMersin UniversityMersinTurkey

About the editors

Dr. Filiz Yenişehiroğlu is a faculty member at the Department of Art History of Koç University. She also serves as director of Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research and Application Center in Ankara, Turkey. Her areas of specialty are Ottoman Art, Ottoman architecture, Ottoman ceramic art and popular culture.

Dr. Eyüp Özveren is Professor at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences (FEAS), Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. His areas of specialty are economic history, history of economic thought, institutional economics, Mediterranean studies and political economy.

Dr. Tülin Selvi Ünlü is researcher at Mersin University-Center for Mediterranean Urban Studies, Turkey. Her areas of specialty are Eastern Mediterranean port cities and their urban development, urban history, urban memory and oral history.

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