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Citation Formats
M. H. Zelef, “Impacts of Seaplanes and Seaports on the Perception and Conception of the Modern City: The Case of Istanbul,” JOURNAL OF URBAN HISTORY, pp. 1028–1053, 2014, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: