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Salonica, City of Ghosts July 19, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Books Life.

Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950 by Mark Mazower (Vintage, 544 pages, $22.95)

For over half a millennium, Salonika, a port city in northern Greece, was a place where Europe met the Middle East.

Mazower, a professor of history at Columbia University, sets the history of Salonika and its Orthodox Greeks, Egyptian merchants, and Spanish Jews within a “single encompassing historical narrative.”

He reconstructs this once vibrant city as it thrived under the Ottoman Empire (1430-1912), reverted to Greek control after the First World War, and saw its Jewish population deported en masse by the Nazis in 1943.

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