Analysis Of ' Salonica, City Of Ghosts ' Essay

753 Words Nov 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Throughout the history, Ottoman Empire was one of the most powerful empires of the world. Founded by Osman 1 in 1299, this empire ruled large territory of Europe and Asia starting from Baghdad to Algiers at its prime. Since the empire controlled both Europe and Asia, it has ruled various ethinicities and cultures. Thus, various people who had different religions and lifestyles lived together. Between many of the cities of the Ottoman there was one city which had various religions. The city was the intersection point of different cultures due to its geographical location. Because of the ethinical diversity, Salonica has many stories and characteristic inside the city itself. And through his book “Salonica, City of Ghosts”, Mark Mazower shows the episodes and lives of the people in Salonica. We can find out how people from different cultures lived together. Salonica, also known as Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon, it was the second largest city of the Byzantine Empire. Salonica was a port city and the intersection of southeastern Europe. Due to many commercial activities, the city became very wealthy and important. Salonica was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1430, by Sultan Murad but still it was one of the main cities of the Ottoman Empire. Sultan Murad tried to fix and reconstruct the buildings after he conquered the city. When reconstructing the city, many mosques were built by wealthy Muslims. Interesting part was the policy Ottoman Empire.…

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