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.
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 ...
Outside the Y-alman family home the well was used by “the Turks, Greeks, Bulgarians,]ews, Serbs, Vlachs, ... And in Nikos Kokantzis's moving novella Giomndn, a Greek teenage boy falls in love with thejewish girl next door in the midst ...
Although in Salonica it was the Greeks who eventually got their state, and Bulgarians, Muslims and Jews who in ... Cities, after all, are places of both eviction and sanctuary, and many of the Greek refugees who made a new home for ...
Throughout it remained a city whose inhabitants spoke Greek. But of this Greek past, only traces survived the Ottoman conquest. A few Christian survivors returned and saw their great churches turned into mosques.
Mr. “Tlks of l\'ewbury tried to calm matters by helpfully pointing out that in 1937 “by Greek royal decree, Salonik-.1 reverted to Thessaloniki." In fact it had been officially known by the Greek form since the Ottomans were defeated in ...
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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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