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 tnaiority, once grand, had been badly neglected: their gabled roofs had caved in, their shuttered bedrooms lay open to public view, and one caught spectacular glimpses of the city below through yawning gaps in their frontage.
The few Ottoman monuments that had endured were a handful compared with what had once existed. The old houses were falling down and within a decade many of them had collapsed or been demolished. Some buildings have been recently ...
... there had once existed in this corner of Europe an Ottoman and an Islamic city atop the Greek and Jewish ones. How striking then it is that memoirs often describe the place very differently from such scholarly or official accounts ...
'a once'a, w en every man in e as war 'iew i as t “VVI1 5 l L h ' th 1 t In t Salonika?” responded a certain Mr. Pole from Totteridge. “I disagree with \V. Pole," wrote Captain Vance from Ed gw-are, Middlesex. 17 Conquest, 1430.
Fringed now by the Athens motorway, vegetable gardens still flourish in the alluvial pl-.iins—“our California,” a farmer once happily told me. “There is excellent shooting in the neighbourhood,” noted john .\"h1rray's Handbook in 1854, ...
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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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