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    Yowzer I thought it was hard to memorize the Presidents of the United States It would be uite an accomplishment to memorize all of t

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    Somehow managed to have at least a seven year gap between starting and finishing thisWriting a history of a city that has been an imperial hub for what 1700 years is always going to be difficult in that the history of the empires and the history of the city blend into one another The Byzantine Empire was saved countless times by the fact Constantinople was unconuerable Eually during the Ottoman period the empire's high

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    It's already a part of tradition that I always find and buy a book about the places I visit fortunately Istanbul have not one but two excellent english bookshops in the central area same owner that cater for tourists visitors and diplomats there is a nice selection of books about Turkey and Islam in english so I selected Istanbul

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    Objectively this book is kind of boring I picked this book up because I find Istanbul enchanting and I enjoyed

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    Not that good it's like a long list of names of who got murdered for control of the city with the occasional anecdote and the ''he build this'' and she build that with a long index of monuments at the end that seems copy pasted from wikipedia

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    This is a book I enjoyed readingWith my general love of history the author introduced me to pre Ottoman Istanbul which revealed to me along with Ottoman and Republican Istanbul this what weight and value this bea

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    John Freely's reference book can be identified as tale of three cities Byzantium Constantinople and İstanbul This lyric tale which attracts the reader from the very first page just starting with ethymological roots of İstanbul stin poli ie to the city 'no other name is needed to identify it' as Freely beautifully points out and Anatolia which means land of sunrise whereas Europe can be translated as land of darkness in both Indo

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    I bought this book on the road back from Istanbul a city I enjoyed very much during a week long visit Istanbul The Imperial City by John Freely is exactly what I should have been reading before visiting it is a history of the city sprinkled with descriptions of the buildings and landmarks still visible at the middle of the 1990s We are also

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    This book about ByzantiumConstantinopleIstanbul by the American teacher John Freely is a curious read It purports to be a

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    Too many facts to really digest by reading it through but lots of information for someone visiting Istanbul that provides a significant depth of knowledgeI would have rated it lower if I had to read it all in one sitting probably to

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Istanbul The Imperial City

Udy of this legendary city through its many different ages from its earliest foundation to the present day the perfect traveller's companion and guide. 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Istanbul's history is a catalogue of change not least of name yet it has managed to retain its own uniue identity John Freely captures the flavour of. Somehow managed to have at least a seven year gap between starting and finishing thisWriting a history of a city that has been an imperial hub for what 1700 years is always going to be difficult in that the history of the empires and the history of the city blend into one another The Byzantine Empire was saved countless times by the fact Constantinople was unconuerable Eually during the Ottoman period the empire s highs and lows played out in Janissary riots across the city Therefore what we often get when reading is a history of a war which ended at its gates rather than what was happening the other side of those gates during those yearsThe middle ground of a history that truly covers the city while explaining the fortunes of the empires that revolve around it wasn t found in this book Entire chapters cover lives of sultans and the only context in how it affected Kostantiniyye was that these sultans lived there Worse than that the real expansion of the city over the centuries isn t really discussed That s the euivalent of a history of London discussing kings or ueens moving from Windsor to Buckingham Palace while neglecting to mention that London had expanded from the City well into what in previous chapters was being called countrysideA book that diverts regularly into discussing frontier imperial politics somehow fails to mention the Armenian genocide which altered Istanbul s character and even if this was too controversial doesn t mention infamous documented official Greek pogroms over decades eitherThat balance in storytelling is seldom found in books on the topic the flipside is that histories of the Byzantine empire often read as histories of Constantinople for example and the issue is a lack of sources with most focussing on the court That is forgiven in the book until it reaches a period of mass sources and continues the trend at which point it looks unimaginative from the authorUltimately this is a very safe but lacking history to be picked up a few weeks before a trip to Istanbul to add some flavour and depth to sights It s a history of the power that resided in the city and tails off as soon as the capital is moved to Ankara A true history of the city as a city this is not

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Daily life as well as court ceremonial and intrigue The book also includes a comprehensive gazetteer of all major monuments and museums An in depth st. This is a book I enjoyed readingWith my general love of history the author introduced me to pre Ottoman Istanbul which revealed to me along with Ottoman and Republican Istanbul this what weight and value this beautiful city has in world history making me love Istanbul even The author divides the book into three parts Byzantium Constantinople IstanbulThe first two cover the period before the 1453 Ottoman conuest taking us back to around 600 bc with the early Greek settlements in the area and the establishment of Byzantium on the first hill of the historical peninsula on the MarmaraBosphorus Byzantium develops into a state and then into a capital of an empire chosen by the emperor Constantine to be the Roman empire capital named Constantinople after his nameWith it s empire the capital flourishes for centuries but then finally descends witnessing internal struggles and external threats which are covered in the material recording the social development and building of the city historical monumentsReading this pre Ottoman history was certainly interesting and very useful with the the load of details some readers might not be familiar with in the city s ancient historyThe third part Istanbul was familiar The city Constantinople is conuered by Sultan Mehmet the Conueror Fatih the year 1453 and is reborn as Istanbul the capital of the Ottoman empire inheriting the richness of the past and with the new Ottoman additions turns into a real metropolis of a city adding beauty to it s ancient historical beautyAs in the pre Ottoman history the city expands with numerous monuments built in the process recorded in the material along with the social developments of it s people where the author includes various texts written by historians and travellers adding value to the reading experience of the materialThe city lives with the empire and the Sultans witnessing the up and downs the good days and the bad days finally witnessing the collapse of the great Ottoman Empire ending the days of imperial Istanbul which transforms into the modern Republican Istanbul no longer a capital but still the beautiful city with it s special spirit and character surviving over it s centuries of long history on the BosphorusThe author added a useful appendix for readers interested in details on the many monuments and landmarks mentioned throughout the bookThere were some very minor instances where some Ottoman political history details lacked accuracy or completion This did not negatively impact my reading having this book a story of Istanbul the place and the inhabitants Such minor notes will not impact my rating of the book deserving a full rating of 55A high recommendation for lovers of Istanbul and it s beauty throughout history

  • Paperback
  • 414
  • Istanbul The Imperial City
  • John Freely
  • English
  • 13 October 2018
  • 9780140244618

About the Author: John Freely

John Freely was born in 1926 in Brooklyn New York to Irish immigrant parents and spent half of his early childhood in Ireland He dropped out of high school when he was 17 to join the U S Navy serving for two years including combat duty with a commando unit in the Pacific India Burma and China during the last year of World War II After the war he went to college on the G I Bill and eve