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Dr K Mehmet Kentel is an urban and environmental historian of late Ottoman Istanbul, and Research Projects Manager at theSuna and İnan Kıraç Foundation’s Istanbul Research Institute. He received his Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Washington in December 2018 with his doctoral dissertation, ‘Assembling “Cosmopolitan” Pera: An Infrastructural History of Late Ottoman Istanbul’. He was co-curator of ‘The Characters of Yusuf Franko: An Ottoman Bureaucrat’s Caricatures’, at Koc University’s ANAMED research centre and is co-author of Youssouf Bey: The Charged Portraits of Fin-de-Siècle Pera. Mehmet Kentel Mehmet.Kentel@iae.org.tr
Empires and railways went hand in hand in the 19th century. From Bosnia to Baghdad, they were a lifeline for the old Ottoman Empire. For the bullish new Germany it was a giant colonial opportunity. Peter H Christensen’s splendidly illustrated study explores the impact of the railway revolution in Ottoman lands. By Mehmet Kentel
Yusuf Franko Kusa used brush and pen and position to lampoon and pull the strings of Ottoman high society. Unseen for 60 years, his caricatures are now the subject of a fascinating exhibition in Istanbul, writes K Mehmet Kentel
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