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Constantinople :city of the world's desire, 1453-1924 /Philip Mansel.

Collection Type
Books
Originator
Mansel, Philip, 1951-
Publication
New York : St. Martin's Press
Contents
The conqueror -- City of God -- The palace -- Harems and hamams -- City of gold -- Viziers and dragomans -- Ambassadors and artists -- The Janissary's frown -- Mahmud II -- City of marvels -- The road to Tsarigrad -- Yildiz -- Young Turks -- Death of a capital.
Date
1996.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Description
At once scholarly and entertaining, Constantinople depicts the Ottoman capital as a place of shifting boundaries and categories. It was the capital of both Islam and the Orthodox church, part of the "system of Europe" and a magnet for people and ideas from Paris to Isfahan. It was also a city of critical strategic importance, coveted at different periods by Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, and Greece. After the Great War, in its last years as an imperial capital,
Constantinople was occupied by British, French, and Italian forces. Within a broad chronological framework, here is the story of the city and of the impact the Ottoman Sultans and their dynasty had on it; here too are the families who settled in Constantinople and served the Sultans, among them the Turkish Koprulu, the Italian de Testa, the Greek Mavrocordatos and the Hashemites from Mecca. The story begins in 1453 with the triumphant entry into the city of Sultan Mehmed.
The Conqueror on a white horse. It ends with the hurried departure of the last Ottoman ruler, Abdulmecid on the Orient Express. In studying the five hundred years between those two events, the author goes beneath the surface of the bustling, cosmopolitan traveler's Constantinople to record the history of what was at once an imperial capital, a holy city, a trading entrepot, a pleasure resort and, in its cultural and intellectual life, a laboratory of modernization.
xvi, 528 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica
Includes bibliographical references (pages 487-508) and index.
ISBN
0312145748
9780312145743
GUSN
320096
Call Number
CPT CPT-01-110.489
Descriptive terms
Court and courtiers.
Courts and courtiers.
History.
Places
Istanbul (Turkey)
Turkey
Turkey.

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