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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... be told rather differently, a tale not only of smooth transitions and adaptations, but also of violent endings and new beginnings. For there was another vanished element of the city's past which I was also beginning to learn about.
... into on Markos Botsaris Street, told me about the day the Jews had been led away in 1943: they were tea at the time, they said, and afterwards, they broke into their homes with their friends and found food still warm on the table.
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, ...
According to an Ottoman legend, the sultan was asleep in his palace one night when God came to him in a dream and gave him a beautiful, sweet-smelling rose to sniff. \\“'hen M111"-.ul asked if he could keep it, God told ...
God had preserved the city over the centuries, he told them, “as an acropolis and guardian of the surrounding countryside.” But the Turks were outside the walls, and the villages and towns beyond were in their hands.
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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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