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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Consuls grumbled at the disgraceful chaffering of berats , but they were all at it . ... French merchants in Salonica resented their consul making wealthy Livornese Jews honorary Frenchmen , especially as they often decamped to another ...
Not the lower orders , he went on , but only the Frankish consuls and the wealthier Greeks . Indeed the Greek consul tried to keep up the pressure by urging the pasha to take further measures against the imprisoned Jews , and when he ...
The symbolic power of the 1876 murders lay precisely in the fact that the victims were consuls , members of perhaps the most ... Neither the American nor the German consul in Salonica in 1876 was a national of the country he represented ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vguy - LibraryThing
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