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A Pearl in Peril: Heritage and Diplomacy in Turkey

Christina Luke


A Pearl in Peril: Heritage and Diplomacy in Turkey explores the relationship between an urban core and her rural hinterland. Known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean, Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city with a vast and changing countryside. Luke investigates Izmir’s hinterland in the context of its vexed and contested past as well as its burgeoning future. From the Greek “Big Idea” (Megali Idea) that foreshadowed the “Asia Minor Catastrophe” to Turkey’s first post–World War I International Fair in 1923 and the design of Izmir’s Kültürpark, this study probes the pivoting place of cultural herit ... More

Keywords: heritage, development, diplomacy, policy, Izmir, Smyrna, Sardis, Gediz Valley, Marmara Lake Basin, Turkey, archaeology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190498870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190498870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina Luke, author
Associate Professor of Archaeology and History of Art, Koc University, Istanbul