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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The Jews, having settled there at the invitation of the Ottoman sultans, identified their interests with those of the empire, something the Greeks found hard to forgive. It follows that the real challenge is not merely to tell the story ...
take hold of the empire. Byzantium is the name we have given to a civilization which regarded itself, and was regarded by those around it, as the heir to the glories of imperial Rome. Its character was defined by its cultural synthesis ...
That the empire survived at all was owing to the weakness of its enemies, and the judicious bribery of foreign allies. In the early fourteenth century, however, as Catalan mercenaries, Genoese, Venetians, Serbs and otheis fought for ...
empire “are like the five fingers of the same hand." They followed the Hanafi school of Sunni law, the most tolerant and flexible in relation to non-Muslims, their rulers married Serbian and Greek princesses-— which meant that many ...
But in 1411 a new ruler, the youthful Murad II, fought his way to the throne, and determined to put an end to the confusion and internecine bloodletting which had divided the empire. THE Since IN 143 o Sultan Murad II was “a little, ...
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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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