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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In fact , in many ways it is misleading to talk about a Jewish community in Salonica at all . From the outside , Jews could be identified by language and officially - imposed dress and colour codes . But with the exception of a small ...
The Ottoman authorities , with their fundamental dislike of migrants , were deeply suspicious of the Albanians ( despite the fact that many of the most senior officials were themselves of Albanian descent ) . Exceptionally in an empire ...
Previously they had been made to exchange their drachmas for what were in fact fake zlotys . What they left behind was supposed to be deposited in the administrative offices in the Hirsch camp ; in fact many simply abandoned their ...
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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