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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To help decide , entire libraries were brought over from Spain and Italy , and merchants paid scribes and copyists to transcribe rare manuscripts and translate Hebrew texts into Ladino . In fact , rabbis felt at a disadvantage when ...
... heavily populated by Greeks 49 Jewish community 58 Ma'min from Salonica in 78 slave market 137 communications 229 Patriarchate 234 , 257 occupied by Allied soldiers 278 music 397 see also Constantinople Italian city states 207 Italy ...
... 305-9, 324, 340-44, 372, 375, 379. 380, 391. 403, 408, 409-410, 416, 473 Via Egnatia 17, 26, 40 Victor Emanuel, King of Italy 381 Vidin 54 Vienna 48, 129, 183, 239, 299, 423, 428 Villa Allatini 524 - SALONICA, CITY OF GHOSTS.
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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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