Paradise Lost : The Destruction of Islam's City of Tolerance Paperback
by Giles Milton
On Saturday 9th September, 1922, the victorious Turkish cavalry rode into Smyrna, the richest and most cosmopolitan city in the Ottoman Empire.
What happened over the next two weeks must rank as one of the most compelling human dramas of the twentieth century.
Almost two million people were caught up in a disaster of truly epic proportions.PARADISE LOST is told with the narrative verve that has made Giles Milton a bestselling historian.
It unfolds through the memories of the survivors, many of them interviewed for the first time, and the eyewitness accounts of those who found themselves caught up in one of the greatest catastrophes of the modern age.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages, 3 B&W illustrated maps and 2x 8pp B&W picture sections - integrated onto text paper for s
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 01/05/2009
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780340837870
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Review by adamclaxton
Giles Milton has written a compelling and at times harrowing account of the siege and eventual destruction of the Turkish city of Smyrna in 1922. The author traces the city’s fortune from the late 19th into the early 20th century principally through the eyes of its most affluent inhabitants - the Levantines. The self serving actions of the victors of WW1 are clearly defined as well as the aspirations of the Turkish nationalists led by Kemal Mustafa; which resulted in the catastrophe at Smyrna. I learnt a great deal about this important episode in European history and gained a better understanding as to why it, even today, still proves contentious.