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The book titled “Pera Palas, The Story of Westernization of Beyoglu” has been published…
The book titled “Pera Palas, The Story of Westernization of Beyoglu” has been published by Culture Co. - one of the subsidiaries of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
The book titled “Pera Palas, The Story of Westernization of Beyoglu” - narrates last 200 years of westernization of Turkey from the late Ottoman Era to Republic Period - was presented to the readers’ interests, which was published as the first documentary book under the direction of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Culture Co. The Pera Palas Hotel is taken as a specific reference point in the book written by Kemal Ozturk – journalist and author. It has many traces from earlier people's lives, some of which were sad, some of which were humorous, some of which were funny or successful.
The book consists of three parts and contains over 174 pages: Part I. “The Other Istanbul”, Part II. “While the name of Beyoğlu was Pera”, Part III. “The Stragglers from the Beyoğlu”.
The book mainly includes the analysis and evaluation of past 200 years of our history by evaluating the historical features, characteristics of a street – Istiklal Caddesi. It also includes the opinions of the various intellectuals representing different groups of Turkey such as Attila Ilhan, Murat Belge, Mete Tunçay, and Turgut Cansever.
Nevzat Bayhan (the General Director of Culture Co.)
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality 2008