In this De passie van…, Enno Maessen explains his passion for urban history and the diversity of Istanbul. The interview discusses where this love for urban history and Turkey originated from and explains the importance of the experience of space. Enno hopes to share his passion with students and colleagues alike. Hopefully, this De passie van… inspires you to delve a little deeper into the possible fields of exploration within urban history and Turkey.
Always follow the sources and never invent ‘information’. That’s what we, historians, are taught during our education. But recently my students and I have been making up stories. We have been ‘interviewing’ people from Utrecht who have been dead for quite a few years. By Geertje Dekkers