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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Enjoying the favour of the sultans, the Jews, as the Ottoman traveller Evliya Chelebi noted, called the city “our S-alonica”—a place where, in addition to Turkish, Greek and Bulgarian, most of the inhabitants “know thejewish tongue ...
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.
Iacedon, was called Thessaloniki, and the city was named after her: both daughter and city conunemorated the triumph (niki) of her father over the people of Thessaly as be extended Macedonian power throughout Greece.
He had a general called Cassander, who was married to Thessaloniki. Cassander hoped to succeed to the Macedonian throne and having murdered .~\le.\'ander's mother to get there, he founded a number of cities to re-establish his ...
The figure who came to symbolize Christ's triumph in Salonica, eventually outshining even the Apostle himself, was a Roman officer called Dimitrios who was martyred in the late third century AD. A small shrine to him was built alongside ...
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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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