Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean Hardcover – May 24, 2011
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"The strengths of the book are colossal. Philip Mansel’s knowledge of the history and culture of these places is encyclopedic; he has walked their streets, met the scions of their famous families and penetrated their private archives. His eye for detail is sharp; telling anecdotes are culled from memoirs of all kinds, and the sights and smells of each city are vividly conjured up."—Noel Malcolm, Telegraph (Noel Malcolm Telegraph)
About the Author
Philip Mansel is a historian of France and the Ottoman Empire. His publications include histories of Constantinople and nineteenth-century Paris, as well as biographies of Louis XVIII and the Prince de Ligne. While writing Levant, he lived in Beirut and Istanbul.
- ASIN : 0300172648
- Publisher : Yale University Press (May 24, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 470 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780300172645
- ISBN-13 : 978-0300172645
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The various governments in Turkey, Egypt, and Lebanon and Syria may have gained political control of a sort but it didn't do anything for the lost economic dynamism. Those cities today are nowhere near the economic leaders of the eastern Mediteranean that they were a hundred years ago.
The author concludes in the last chapter "New Levants for Old" that the richest cities in the world today -- London, Paris, New York, Dubai, Mumbai, and Singapore -- are the modern heirs of the mixed populations of those former cities' economic and financial power or influence.
Top reviews from other countries
However, as another reviewer, @A Kid's Review, says, Mansel assumes that the reader already has considerable knowledge of the history of the Levant, and especially of Greece and of the Ottoman Empire and I agree with that statement.
On the other hand, I do not agree at all with @Tharsein Hri, who says that Mansel is totally biased towards the Turks as I feel that Mansel constantly strives to be objective.
A wonderful writer , clear concise, A master of detail, I could not put this book down.