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The history of a rarely written about, bewilderingly exotic city: five hundred years of clashing cultures and peoples, from the glories of Suleiman the Magnificent to its nadir under Nazi occupation. Stunningly detailed, original research presented with a Simon Schama-esque masterly, sweeping narrative style. Chosen as a Book of the Year in the Spectator and Sunday Telegraph. Competition: William Dalyrmple, Simon Schama, Antony Beevor
Mark Mazower is the author of Inside Hitler's Greece (Yale), Dark Continent (Penguin Press) and The Balkans (Weidenfeld), and is published in the US by Knopf. He is professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London.
'A tremendous book about a city unique not just in Europe, but in the entire history of humanity. Mazower ... has done the old place proud ... and has celebrated once and for all the mighty and fateful heritage of its citizens' Jan Morris, Guardian '[Mazower] sensitively analyses the internal debates and divisions which could be found within all the major communities.' Sunday Telegraph 'He [Mazower] has produced a brilliant reconstruction of one of Europe's great meting places between the three monotheistic faiths' The Economist 'Mazower is a formidable historian...he has produced a majestic work: the biography of a city, complete with soul and ichor.' Independent 'Enthrallingbrilliant...tragic, hopeful, beautifully written' TLS From Amazon readers' reviews of Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century (Penguin, 1999) 'Easily the best one-volume history of Europe available: original, insightful, provocative and easy to read.' 'Mazower is masterly: a must read for anyone interested in politics or recent history. ' 'A superb introduction to a dying century. Mazower's work is always clear and concise. He reveals the fragility of democracy inside Europe over the last century and he has challenging insights that prompt us to think of the coming decades in creaking nation states. A must for the Millennium'