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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It is true that a kadi would be deeply displeased to learn that rabbis treated his
court with disdain , or to be informed that Jews ... In one case , a dispute between
two contenders for the position of rabbi in the Aragon synagogue led to the kadi ...
Insulted by charges of parochialism , for instance , one young scholar challenged
an older rabbi from Edirne to an intellectual duel : Come out to the field and let us
compete in our knowledge of the Bible , the Mishnah and the Talmud , Sifra ...
Some affirm that if the world possessed another rabbi like him , Messiah would
have come long ago . " The chief rabbi could imprison Jewish offenders and also
had another weapon at his disposal – excommunication ( herem ) . The mild form
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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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