Constantinople : City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924, Paperback

Constantinople : City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924 Paperback

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Philip Mansel's highly acclaimed history of Constantinople (formerly known as Byzantium) absorbingly charts the interaction between the vibrantly cosmopolitan capital - the city of the world's desire - and its ruling family.

In 1453, Mehmed the Conqueror entered Constantinople on a white horse, beginning an Ottoman love affair with the city that lasted until 1924, when the last Caliph hurriedly left on the Orient Express.

For almost five centuries Constantinople, with its enormous racial and cultural diversity, was the centre of the dramatic and often depraved story of an extraordinary dynasty.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560 pages, 16pp b/w integrated onto text paper
  • Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
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  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9780719568800



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A history of a city. Because it was the capitol of the Ottoman Empire, much history of the Empire is told but the book also includes a picture of everyday life from Sultan's palace to back street homes giving a sense of the feel of the city from many perspectives. Its tolerance for religious and ethnic diversity was particularly refreshing

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