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 community could not fix upon a single chief rabbi , and its early efforts to set
up a triumvirate of elderly but respected figures met the same fate as the chief
rabbinate in the capital . There was thus not even a Jewish counterpart to the city
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The chief battles they were waging - and from the 1870s winning - were with their
own archbishops and rabbis . The Allatinis and Fernandes families among the
Jews , the Hadjilazaros , Rongottis and Prasakakis among the Greeks , were not
... 222 adoption of Muslim custom 62 - 3 east European Jews persecuted by
Cossacks 71 chief rabbi 163 - 5 , 232 – 3 relations with Greeks 165 – 7 , 300 ,
303 women 198 , 388 education 233 - 4 poverty 241 Russian 251 , 356
nationalism 283 ...
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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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