Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2007 M12 18 - 544 pages
Salonica, located in northern Greece, was long a fascinating crossroads metropolis of different religions and ethnicities, where Egyptian merchants, Spanish Jews, Orthodox Greeks, Sufi dervishes, and Albanian brigands all rubbed shoulders. Tensions sometimes flared, but tolerance largely prevailed until the twentieth century when the Greek army marched in, Muslims were forced out, and the Nazis deported and killed the Jews. As the acclaimed historian Mark Mazower follows the city’s inhabitants through plague, invasion, famine, and the disastrous twentieth century, he resurrects a fascinating and vanished world.
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Round the tables of\~'1'0t'0lu.r St/1_w'l1i (Sweet-Smelling Smyma), its very name an evocation of the glories and disasters of Hellenism's Anatolian past, tsipouro and Tilt':-£'1i¢'.\' were smoothing the passage from work to siesta.
Its crucial position between East and West was also later exploited by the Romans, whose seven-hundredkilometre lifeline between Italy and Anatolia, the “a Egnatia, it straddled. Poised between Europe and Asia, the Mediterranean and the ...
The Ottomans understood the term this wa_v as well: when they talked about the “community of Romans” (Rum miller) they meant Orthodox (Ihristians, not necessarily Greeks; Rum was Byzantine Anatolia; Rumeli the Orthodox Christian Balkans ...
... and thousands of its inhabitants were sold into slavery. But that remained an isolated event, for .\'Iacedonia was far from the centre of the long-running Byzantine-Arab land war, aml in eastern Europe—unlike in Syria and Anatolia— ...
Turkish tribes had moved in from central Asia, and the rise and fall of the Seljuk sultans turned Anatolia into a battleground between competing emirates. That the empire survived at all was owing to the weakness of its enemies, ...
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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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