Izmir & Thessaloniki from Empire to Nation-State | Kalliopi Amygdalou

E337 | During the late Ottoman period, the diverse and vibrant Aegean ports of Izmir (Smyrna) and Thessaloniki (Salonica) experienced rapid growth and transformation through the increased interconnection of the Mediterranean world and the rise of maritime trade. But in the tumultuous final decade of the Ottoman period, both cities witnessed political and demographic upheaval as well as outright destruction by fire. With Thessaloniki permanently incorporated into Greece and Izmir into the new Republic of Turkey in 1923, the two cities seemed destined to follow different paths. Yet as our guest Kalliopi Amygdalou explains, interesting comparisons and parallels between the development of Izmir and Thessaloniki endured even after they ceased to be part of a unified Ottoman polity. In this episode, we follow the story of urban and architectural transformation in Izmir and Thessaloniki after the decade of war between the Balkan Wars (1912-13) and the establishment of the Republic of Turkey and the period that followed in the two cities under a transition from empire to nation-state. More at http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2017/11/izmir-thessaloniki.html Kalliopi Amygdalou is an architect and architectural historian, currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, working on the politicisation of architectural heritage in south-eastern Europe. She completed her doctoral studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture (U.C.L.) in 2014 with her thesis titled 'A Tale of Two Cities in Search of a New Identity: The Politics of Heritage and Modernisation in early 20th-century Izmir and Thessaloniki'. From 2015-2017 she taught at the Department of Architecture of Izmir Institute of Technology in Turkey. Michael Talbot received his PhD from SOAS in 2013 for a thesis on Ottoman-British relations in the eighteenth century, and now lectures and researches on a range of topics in Ottoman history at the University of Greenwich in London. CREDITS Episode No. 337 Release Date: 23 November 2017 Audio editing by Chris Gratien Music: Harmandali - Recep Efendi, Cemal Efendi Special thanks to Muhtelif for the use of "Ta Paidia & Lamma Bada" Images and bibliography courtesy of Kalliopi Amygdalou available at http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2017/11/izmir-thessaloniki.html


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