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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COLOUR Sixteenth-century icon of Saint Dimitrios and his city (Sr!) Efbmrc of Iifrzaritine Antiquities, ]mmin11) Seventh-century mosaic from Church ofAyios Dimitrios Byzantine forces drive Bulgarian army away from the city in -.1 ...
Salonic-a's Ottoman years, on the other hand, were a matter of living memory, for the Greek army had arrived only in I912 and those grandmothers chatting quietly in the yards outside their homes had probably been born subjects of Sultan ...
On the drive into town. one passed a dozen or more of these shrines to the eclectic taste of its fin-de-siecle elite—Turkish army officers, Greek and Bulgarian merchants and Jewish industrialists. Turks and Bulgarians figured ...
In the late sixth century, they reached the walls of Salonica for the first time, and a huge army gathered on the plains outside the walls.7 Only Saint Dimitrios saved the day: thanks to his inspiration, the defenders suspended curtains ...
In 1302 Osman defeated a mercenary army sent out by the emperor and by the time of his death in 1326 he had established his capital in the former Byzantine city of Bursa. Feuding between the Byzantine Pal-aeologues and C-antacuzenes ...
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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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