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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Astonished at such a reply , I said : “ The engine may be a Frank engine but Your
Excellency must not forget that you are a Governor , and that as it is necessary for
the safety of the Town , you should send and seize it . ' Yacoub Pasha then ...
With the increase in the town ' s population in the nineteenth century , and the
growing shortage of water , they seem to have got worse . “ The French consul ,
reported Ami Boué in 1854 , ' told us that he was always obliged to safeguard his
The old Turkish cemetery , beyond the city walls , was soon occupied as '
exchangeable property and gave birth to the shanty - town of Ayia Foteini . In the
Upper Town , however , where most of the 4700 vacant private properties were to
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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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