midnight at the pera palace the birth of modern istanbul

Download Book Midnight At The Pera Palace The Birth Of Modern Istanbul in PDF format. You can Read Online Midnight At The Pera Palace The Birth Of Modern Istanbul here in PDF, EPUB, Mobi or Docx formats.

Midnight At The Pera Palace The Birth Of Modern Istanbul

Author : Charles King
ISBN : 9780393245783
Genre : History
File Size : 33. 77 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 667
Read : 782

Get This Book


“Timely . . . brilliant . . . hugely enjoyable, magnificently researched and deeply absorbing.”—Jason Goodwin, New York Times Book Review At midnight, December 31, 1925, citizens of the newly proclaimed Turkish Republic celebrated the New Year. For the first time ever, they had agreed to use a nationally unified calendar and clock. Yet in Istanbul—an ancient crossroads and Turkey's largest city—people were looking toward an uncertain future. Never purely Turkish, Istanbul was home to generations of Greeks, Armenians, and Jews, as well as Muslims. It welcomed White Russian nobles ousted by the Russian Revolution, Bolshevik assassins on the trail of the exiled Leon Trotsky, German professors, British diplomats, and American entrepreneurs—a multicultural panoply of performers and poets, do-gooders and ne’er-do-wells. During the Second World War, thousands of Jews fleeing occupied Europe found passage through Istanbul, some with the help of the future Pope John XXIII. At the Pera Palace, Istanbul's most luxurious hotel, so many spies mingled in the lobby that the manager posted a sign asking them to relinquish their seats to paying guests. In beguiling prose and rich character portraits, Charles King brings to life a remarkable era when a storied city stumbled into the modern world and reshaped the meaning of cosmopolitanism.

Istanbul

Author : Thomas F. Madden
ISBN : 9780698140585
Genre : History
File Size : 90. 40 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 666
Read : 853

Get This Book


For more than two millennia Istanbul has stood at the crossroads of the world, perched at the very tip of Europe, gazing across at the shores of Asia. The history of this city—known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, now Istanbul—is at once glorious, outsized, and astounding. Founded by the Greeks, its location blessed it as a center for trade but also made it a target of every empire in history, from Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Empire, to the Romans and later the Ottomans. At its most spectacular, Istanbul was re-founded by Emperor Constantine I as New Rome, the capital of the eastern Roman Empire. He dramatically expanded the city, filling it with artistic treasures, and adorning the streets with opulent palaces. Constantine built new walls around it all—walls that were truly impregnable and preserved power, wealth, and withstood any aggressor—walls that still stand for tourists to visit. From its ancient past to the present, we meet the city through its ordinary citizens—the Jews, Muslims, Italians, Greeks, and Russians who used the famous baths and walked the bazaars, and the rulers who built it up and then destroyed it, including Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the man who christened the city "Istanbul" in 1930. Thomas Madden's entertaining narrative brings to life the city we see today, including the rich splendor of the churches and monasteries that spread throughout the city. Istanbul draws on a lifetime of study and the latest scholarship, transporting readers to a city of unparalleled importance and majesty that holds the key to understanding modern civilization. In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, "If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital."

Istanbul

Author : Nora Fisher-Onar
ISBN : 9780813589121
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 24. 13 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 767
Read : 1275

Get This Book


Istanbul explores how to live with difference through the prism of an age-old, cutting-edge city whose people have long confronted the challenge of sharing space with the Other. Located at the intersection of trade networks connecting Europe, Asia, and Africa, Istanbul is western and eastern, northern and southern, religious and secular. Heir of ancient empires, Istanbul is the premier city of a proud nation-state even as it has become a global city of multinational corporations, NGOs, and capital flows. Rather than exploring Istanbul as one place at one time, the contributors to this volume focus on the city’s experience of migration and globalization over the last two centuries. Asking what Istanbul teaches us about living with people whose hopes jostle with one’s own, contributors explore the rise, collapse, and fragile rebirth of cosmopolitan conviviality in a once and future world city. The result is a cogent, interdisciplinary exchange about an urban space that is microcosmic of dilemmas of diversity across time and space.

World War I And The Jews

Author : Marsha L. Rozenblit
ISBN : 9781785335938
Genre : History
File Size : 41. 15 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 701
Read : 810

Get This Book


World War I utterly transformed the lives of Jews around the world: it allowed them to display their patriotism, to dispel antisemitic myths about Jewish cowardice, and to fight for Jewish rights. Yet Jews also suffered as refugees and deportees, at times catastrophically. And in the aftermath of the war, the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy and the Russian and Ottoman Empires with a system of nation-states confronted Jews with a new set of challenges. This book provides a fascinating survey of the ways in which Jewish communities participated in and were changed by the Great War, focusing on the dramatic circumstances they faced in Europe, North America, and the Middle East during and after the conflict.

Istanbul

Author : Bettany Hughes
ISBN : 9780297868491
Genre : History
File Size : 21. 9 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 279
Read : 591

Get This Book


Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. From the Qu'ran to Shakespeare, this city with three names - Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul - resonates as an idea and a place, and overspills its boundaries - real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between the East and West, it has served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. For much of its history it was known simply as The City, but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a story. In this epic new biography, Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the world's greatest cities. As the longest-lived political entity in Europe, over the last 6,000 years Istanbul has absorbed a mosaic of micro-cities and cultures all gathering around the core. At the latest count archaeologists have measured forty-two human habitation layers. Phoenicians, Genoese, Venetians, Jews, Vikings, Azeris all called a patch of this earth their home. Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, this captivating portrait of the momentous life of Istanbul is visceral, immediate and scholarly narrative history at its finest.

The Reinvention Of Humanity

Author : Charles King
ISBN : 9781473547896
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 73. 16 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 343
Read : 1009

Get This Book


The Reinvention of Humanity tells the story of a small circle of pioneering scientists, most of them women, whose discoveries in the early twentieth century upended our understanding of race, sexuality, gender and the nature of human diversity, sparking a debate that continues to this day. Their work, known as cultural anthropology, involved living in distant or isolated communities, from the Arctic to the South Pacific, and reporting back on the languages, customs and norms they found there. It revealed an immense variety of human cultures with radically different approaches to sexuality, child-rearing, family structure, the relationship between men and women, religion and taboo. It overturned the widely held assumption that one’s race or sex determined one’s intelligence, abilities and character, and it shattered the myth that ‘primitive’ societies were merely at an earlier stage of evolution towards our ‘civilized’ one. The lives of these intrepid researchers were filled with scandal, romance, rivalry and tragedy. Some, such as Margaret Mead and her lover Ruth Benedict, became the intellectual stars of their age for their celebrated work on Samoa and Japan. Others, such as the Dakota Sioux activist Ella Deloria, remain largely unknown or, in the case of Zora Neale Hurston who wrote on African-American folklore, Jamaican and Haitian ritual, were recognised only posthumously. All of them were outsiders, including the famous founder of their field, the wild-haired German immigrant, Franz Boas. But together, they changed something profound: what it means to be normal. The Reinvention of Humanity takes us on the globe-spanning adventure of their lives and shows how they created the moral universe we inhabit today.

Fodor S Turkey

Author : Fodor's
ISBN : 0679000623
Genre : Travel
File Size : 49. 41 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 589
Read : 956

Get This Book


Examines Turkey as a frontier land of contrasts, antiquity and crosscultural influences, and offers practical information on accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and unusual sights and activities

Fodor S Europe

Author : Eugene Fodor
ISBN : STANFORD:36105012066812
Genre : Europe
File Size : 64. 68 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 457
Read : 775

Get This Book



Top Download:

Best Books