Apostolos Delis, “A Mediterranean insular port-city in transition: economic transformations, space antagonisms and landscape metamorphosis in nineteenth century Hermoupolis on the island of Syros.”, Urban History, 42, 2, (May 2015), 225-45.
Port-cities provide excellent examples of the socio-economic transformations that occurred during the transition from merchant to industrial capitalism in the second half of the nineteenth century. Hermoupolis on the island of Syros was a major economic centre in Greece and a hub of international trade during the nineteenth century. However, economic transformations that commenced in the 1860s affected long-established port-based activities such as wooden shipbuilding and its related industries due to the decline of sailing ships and the expansion of factories. This factor led to an increase in tension and antagonism between manufacturers and shipbuilders over the use of land and altered the physical and the socio-economic landscape of the port-city. However, new types of economic activities flourished, like the tramp steamship business and factories, which enabled Hermoupolis to maintain its economic importance until World War II.https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963926814000558