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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\Vhat [Mazower] does to perfection is to express the historical meaning of Salonica down the generations, authenticating his story with a multitude of contemporary quotations, from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, ...
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 ...
1860 The sea approach from the south-east, 0.1860 The eastern walls in the early twentieth century A Muslim graveyard in open country outside the fortress in the early twentieth century Mosque and minaret in the Upper Town in the early ...
... the Bath of the Jews), the decrepit spice warehouses on Odos Egyptou (Egypt Street), the dealers still installed in the old fifteenth-century multi-domed lu'2-estm. This vigorous commercialism put even r\[l1€l1S to shame: here was a ...
The arrival of the Iberian Jews after their expulsion from Spain, Salonicas emergence as a renowned centre of rabbinical learning, the disruption caused by the most famous False Messiah of the seventeenth century, Sabbetai Zevi, ...
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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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