- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: John Murray; New Ed edition (19 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0719568803
- ISBN-13: 978-0719568800
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924 Paperback – 19 Oct 2006
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'An endless treasure chest of fascinating facts and extraordinary revelations ... a cultural and social history as much as a political and military one, Mansel's outstandingly researched portrait of this intriguing imperial city and its exotic denizens is gripping' (Robert Carver, Scotsman)
'The victory, the defeat, the magnificence, the squalor, the cruelty and the tolerance of the Ottoman years are all recorded there, Constantinople is one of those cities to which I always long to return, and the longing grows on every page' (Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph)
'Marvellous ... the experience of the whole city grows with the book ... you always feel close to the beat of Constantinople's raffish and mysterious heart' (Michael Ratcliffe, Observer)
'A happy blend of shcolarship and panache ... If you have visited Constantinople, read it: if not, buy it before you go' Lawrence James, Evening Standard (Lawrence James, Evening Standard)
'Plenty of intrigue and bloodshed. The squeamish should skip the city's solution to the stray dog problem... and focus on the convincingly documented and colourful ebb and flow of economy and society' (Charmaine Chan, South China Morning Post)
'Without question one of the best books ever written by an Englishman on the Turks' William DalrympleSee all Product Description
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By giving quotes from contemporary diplomatic corresspondances, accounts of travel writers and history books writen back then; he explains the power strugle behind the scenes.
Sultans ruled the city and the Ottoman empire but, who influenced them? Answer is in the book, Mothers, Eunuchs, dragomans, Pashas, Ambassadors. It clearly shows that when Mehmed conquered the city he adopted the Roman system. In fact he was the continuation of the Roman Empire.
After Pagan Rome (I) and Christian Rome (II), he established the third, Muslim, Rome. As money does not have any religion, the inhabitants of the city wanted to continue their trade and increase their wealthy under the new administration. Cons.ple continued to be the magnet for the rest of the world whether they were firends or foes.
The palace entriques, just like in Rome, continued until last day of the Ottoman empire. (and also it is still continuing today)to control the power and wealth.
The book also gives a good example of the modernization and democratization efforts in the Ottoman empire trying to catch up with Europe and the forces opposing it, which is still continuing today, too.
Mr. Mansel's knowledge on other dynasties of Europe and Midddle East adds a lot into the book.Read more ›
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it, and history like this should be read more widely. With Turkey's entry into the EU surely inevitable sooner or later despite misgivings about some of its nationalistic policies and political prosecutions, understanding Turkey and its past is more important than ever.
This book has given me an excellent insight into the social, cultural and political life of the city in the past half-millenium prior to my impending visit there. Highly recommended.
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BEST EVER BOOK ABOUT CONSTANTINOPLE. GIVE IT TEN OUT OF TEN .Published 24 months ago by dimitris v.
I am doing some family history research and this book offers an interesting insight, good price and very speedily deliveredPublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Steve Smith
Gave a real insight into the Istanbul story. Entertaining and informative.
Would recommend to anybody interested in the Ottoman empire.