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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A brilliant and timely reminder that cities have played as important a role as states in the lives of their inhabitants.” —Tlw Spectator (London) “.\Iazower has succeeded so well that scholars of all nationalities and religions will ...
At times even the names of the inhabitants remain the same, and their voices' accent, and also the features of the fiiccs; but the gods who live beneath names and above places have gone off without a word and outsiders have settled in ...
Their elderly inhabitants were neatly dressed. Later I realized most had probably lived there since the 1920s, drawn from among the tens of thousands of refugees from Asia Minor who had settled in the city after the exchange of ...
The expansion of the docks since the Second \Vorld “hr has obliterated the seaside amusement park—the Beshchinar gardens, or Park of the Princes—where the city's inhabitants refreshed themselves for generations; today it is commemorated ...
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 ...
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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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