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 the 1720s , for instance , a female Ukrainian slave who had been badly treated
by her captors was brought to Salonica to be sold . She had some hidden
savings and sought help in arranging a ransom , or at least a Christian buyer , '
so that ...
Changing Times Times were changing and a previously endemic threat to public
order had been turned into a concept which would make Salonica - at least in the
minds of the men responsible – ' the Hollywood of the North . It might be ...
At least ten thousand refugee families were still living in the primitive huts they
had inhabited since the 1920s and many of the newcomers who had come
during the war were worse off still . Cement worker Georgios D . , his wife and his
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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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