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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Here as elsewhere it was the Nazis who brought centuries ofjewish life to an abrupt end. \\'hen Kurt \\"aldheim, the Austrian politician who had served in the city as an army officer, was accused of being involved in the deportations, ...
Since then what he called its “hybrid spirit” has been severely battered by two world wars and everything they brought with them. I think it is worth trying a gain.' IN TH E 1 930s, the spirit of the Sufi 11 Illr/'01]!/rrioll.
... brought it down by donkey into the city each summer. VV1th nearby salteries vital for preserving cod and meat, abundant fish in the bay, partridge, hare, rabbits and tortoises in the nearby plain, and 20 SALONICA, CITY OF G1-IOSTS.
The small Turkish garrison converted a church into a mosque for their own use, and the deutliizv/1e child lewv was imposed at intervals Turkish soldiers carried off Christian children to be brought up as Muslimswhich must have caused ...
In 1429 Archbishop Symeon died, but the Venetians brought in mercenaries to prevent the defenders capitulating -.md the siege dragged on until in NI-arch 1430 Murad determined to end it. He left his hunting leopards, ...
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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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