External relations of İzmir in the 19th and early 20th centuries: the case of Ottoman Greeks /

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2014
Babayiğit, Burcu
This thesis attempts to define the external relations of the Ottoman Greek merchant community in İzmir in the triangle of the European powers, the Ottoman Empire, and the larger Ottoman Greek community during the 19th and early years of the 20th century. In the port city of İzmir, where non-state actors played an active role, the Ottoman Greek merchant community emerged as an autonomous class and contributed predominantly to İzmir’s commercial development as well as to the integration process of the Ottoman Empire within a European-centered economy. In this framework, the primary concern of this research is to analyze the rise of the Ottoman Greek merchant community that represented the non-state actors in İzmir from an historical perspective. Therefore, this thesis attempts to explore the main reasons behind the rise of the Ottoman Greek merchant community in İzmir that established contact with external powers autonomously; it focuses on the internal dynamics of the Greek merchant community aside from the support of European powers as well as domestic and international factors.
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B. Babayiğit, “External relations of İzmir in the 19th and early 20th centuries: the case of Ottoman Greeks /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.