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 Greeks who eventually got their state, and Bulgarians, Muslims and Jews who in different ways lost out, ... Cities, after all, are places of both eviction and sanctuary, and many of the Greek refugees who made a new home for ...
I myself imagined there could be no doubt that the northern littoral of the Aegean is Greek ; wrote an informed British observer . But a few years ago the Greek Archbishop of Gürmürjina complained to me that his flock were all turning ...
Günther , Rolf 429 Gürmürjina , Greek Archbishop of 269 growing interference in the life of the empire 272 Greater Greece 310 Greco - Turkish exchange agreement 358 Greece independence ( 1830 ) 3 , 138-9 , 151 , 165 , 272 captures ...
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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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