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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... as the Market Baths, the Women's Baths, or the lillvudi Hmmml, the Bath of the Jews), the decrepit spice warehouses on Odos Egyptou (Egypt Street), the dealers still installed in the old fifteenth-century multi-domed lu'2-estm.
... and afterwards, they broke into their homes with their friends and found food still warm on the table. A forty-year-old woman who happened to sit next to me on the plane back to London had grown up after the war 8 In fl'0t]!I('f/0/1.
“Men, women, children, silver and gold: only the city itself you will leave to me.” At dawn on 29 March, a hail of arrows “like snow” forced the defenders back from the parapets. Crowds of glmzi fighters, spurred on by the sultan's ...
“On numerous occasions we saw Christians—boys as well as unmarried girls, and masses of married women of every description—paraded pitiably by the Turks in long lines throughout the cities of Thrace and .\"lacedonia," wrote the Italian ...
... included many wealthy women) possessions into a zw,ljfwas also a way of ensuring that wealth passed down through the family, since relatives could be nominated as managers and trustees of the foundation, and receive payment.
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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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