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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Mazowcr reconstructs a society of dazzling ethnic complexity and cxoticism . . . a thriving port and a crossroads between Europe and Asia.” —77l€.
port, I had caught intriguing glimpses of substantial nineteenthcentury villas hidden behind rusting railings and overgrown weeds amid the rows of postwar ...
lediterrane-an ports that would link the Greek world with the trading routes to Asia, India and Africa. As events would prove, Cassander chose his spot well ...
So far as he was concerned, it was not only a vital Mediterranean port. but belonged to him by right since it had already submitted to Ottoman rule.
The Venetian contingent fought their way to the port and boarded the waiting galleys. Behind them the victorious Turks—“shouting and thirsting for our ...
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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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