Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950
HarperCollins, 2004 - 525 pages
The history of a rarely written about, bewilderingly exotic city: 500 years of clashing cultures and peoples, from the glories of Suleiman the Magnificent to its nadir under Nazi occupation. Salonica is the point where the wonders and horrors of the Orient and Europe have met over the centuries. Written with a Pepysian sense of the texture of daily life in the city through the ages, and with breathtakingly detailed historical research, Salonica will evoke the sights, smells, habits, songs and responses of a unique city and its inhabitants. The history of Salonica is one of forgotten alternatives and wrong choices, of identities assumed and discarded. For centuries Muslims, Christians, and Jews have succeeded each other in ascendancy, each people intent on erasing the presence of their predecessors, and the result is a city of cultural traditions and memories of extreme violence and genocide, one that sits on the overlapping hinterlands of both Europe and the East.
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The French were the first to establish a consulate in the city – in 1685 – a sign
that the Levant trade now encompassed Salonica on a significant scale . Before
1698 only two Frenchmen actually resided in the city ; but by 1721 there were
In 1732 there was a row between two Livornese beratli under French protection
and one of the most powerful Jews in the city , Jacob Kapon , who was the pasha
' s money - lender and chief treasurer . Kapon got the rabbis to excommunicate ...
... 14 civilizing Macedonia 315 - 17 Floca ' s café 320 Florentin , Solomon 446
Florina checkpoint i forum 15 , 20 Fraccaroli , A . 305 France Jews flee
persecution 46 consulate in Salonica 124 fate of French Jews 428 - 9 Frank ,
Yakov 66 Frank ...
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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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I learned a lot from this book, and I admire Mazower's ability to form such a complete account of Salonica. Read full review
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