Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims, and Jews, 1430-1950

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Vintage, 2006 - History - 490 pages
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Salonica, located in northern Greece, was long a fascinating crossroads metropolis of different religions and ethnicities, where Egyptian merchants, Spanish Jews, Orthodox Greeks, Sufi dervishes, and Albanian brigands all rubbed shoulders. Tensions sometimes flared, but tolerance largely prevailed until the twentieth century when the Greek army marched in, Muslims were forced out, and the Nazis deported and killed the Jews. As the acclaimed historian Mark Mazower follows the city’s inhabitants through plague, invasion, famine, and the disastrous twentieth century, he resurrects a fascinating and vanished world.

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The perfect book to read on first visit to 'thessaloniki. Unfolds the many layers of this extraordinary "border town", and how the complexity got shaved away over the course of the 20th century by ... Read full review

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This is the kind of book that makes me want to throw my guide books to Rome, Istanbul, Israel, and Athens in the trash and begin a different kind of world travel. I raved about Salonica for months and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The Rose of Sultan Murad
15
Conquest 1430
17
Copyright

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Mark Mazower is professor of history at Columbia University and Birkbeck College, London. His books include Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941–44, winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History and the Longman/History Today Award for Book of the Year. He lives in New York City.

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