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Istanbul : a tale of three cities

Author: Bettany Hughes
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Istanbul explores a city which stands as a gateway between the east and west, one of the indisputably greatest cities in the world. Previously known by the names Byzantium and Constantinople, this is the most celebrated metropolis in the world to sit on two continents, straddling the dividing line of the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia. During its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bettany Hughes
ISBN: 9780297868484 0297868489 9781474600323 1474600328
OCLC Number: 971059995
Description: xxix, 800 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE Byzantion, Byzas' City, 800,000 BC --
AD 311 --
1. Bones, Stones and Mud --
2. City of the Blind --
3. City of Light --
4. Persian Fire --
5. City of Siege --
6. Wine and Witches --
7. All Roads Lead from Rome: The Egnatian Way --
8. Enemy Within --
9. Persecution --
10. Meek Shall Inherit the Earth --
pt. TWO Constantinople, City of God, AD 311 --
475 --
11. Battle of Milvian Bridge --
12. City of Gold --
13. In the Name of Christ's Blood --
14. Queen of Cities --
15. Faith, Hope, Charity and the Nicene Creed --
16. Helena --
17. Births and Deaths --
18. Pagans and Pretenders --
19. Problem with Goths --
20. Dove of Peace or a Fist of Iron: Theodosios --
21. Battles in Heaven and on Earth: Gaza and Alexandria --
22. Christian Particles in a Pagan Atmosphere: Nova Roma --
23. Statues in the Sky: Ascetics --
24. Sex and the City: Eunuchs^^^ed as people moved to the city to find work, turning Istanbul into the cultural, economic and financial centre of Turkey. Events there recently have again brought Istanbul to the forefront of global attention. Indeed, while writing this book, Bettany was caught with her daughters in the crossfire of Taksim Square. Bettany Hughes has been researching and writing this rich portrait of one of the world's most multi-faceted cities for over a decade. Her compelling biography of a momentous city is visceral, immediate and sensuous narrative history at its finest. 25. Sack of Old Rome: The Problem with Goths, Part Two --
26. Vandals, Wisdom and Attila the Hun --
pt. THREE New Rome, AD 476 --
565 --
27. City of the Mother of God --
28. Golden Age --
29. Earthquakes and Fires --
30. Phoenix City --
31. Spectacular, Spectacular --
32. Law and Order --
33. Jewish City --
34. Classical City --
35. All Is Vanity --
pt. FOUR World's Desire, AD 565 --
1050 --
36. Silkworm's Journey --
37. Al-Qustantiniyya --
38. Bone in the Throat of Allah --
39. Monks by Night, Lions by Day --
40. Byzantium and Britannia --
41. Icons and Iconoclasm --
42. Viking Foe-Friends and the Birth of Russia --
43. Within the Walls --
44. Varangian Guard --
pt. FIVE City of War, AD 1050 --
1320 --
45. Great Schism? --
46. 1071, 1081 and All That --
47. City of Crusades --
48. Negotiating Monks and Homicidal Usurpers --
49. Venetian Peril, Chivalric Kingdoms^^^s^^^ed as people moved to the city to find work, turning Istanbul into the cultural, economic and financial centre of Turkey. Events there recently have again brought Istanbul to the forefront of global attention. Indeed, while writing this book, Bettany was caught with her daughters in the crossfire of Taksim Square. Bettany Hughes has been researching and writing this rich portrait of one of the world's most multi-faceted cities for over a decade. Her compelling biography of a momentous city is visceral, immediate and sensuous narrative history at its finest. pt. SIX Allah's City, AD 1320 --
AD 1575 (Islamic Calendar 720 --
983) --
50. Yildirim: The Thunderbolt --
51. No Country for Old Men --
52. Twilight City --
53. Abode of Felicity --
54. One God in Heaven, One Empire on Earth --
55. Renaissance City --
56. Garden of Mixed Fruit --
57. Diamond between Two Sapphires --
58. Muslim Millennium --
pt. SEVEN Imperial City, AD 1550 --
1800 (Islamic Calendar 957 --
1215) --
59. Gunpowder Empires and Gunning Personalities: Dragomans and Eunuchs --
60. Sultanate of Women --
61. Janissaries --
62. Great Siege of Vienna --
63. White Slave Trade and the White Plague --
64. White Caucasians --
65. Soap and Smallpox --
66. Tulips and Textiles --
pt. EIGHT City of Revolt and Opportunity, AD 1800 (Islamic Calendar 1215) onwards --
67. O Love! Young Love! --
68. Massacre --
69. Revolution --
70. Tsargrad --
71. Scutari --
72. One-Way Traffic --
73^s people moved to the city to find work, turning Istanbul into the cultural, economic and financial centre of Turkey. Events there recently have again brought Istanbul to the forefront of global attention. Indeed, while writing this book, Bettany was caught with her daughters in the crossfire of Taksim Square. Bettany Hughes has been researching and writing this rich portrait of one of the world's most multi-faceted cities for over a decade. Her compelling biography of a momentous city is visceral, immediate and sensuous narrative history at its finest. Sick Man in the Rose Garden --
74. Gallipoli: The End of an Empire --
75. Red Apple --
76. Catastrophe --
77. Last Caliph --
78. Global Futures --
Coda.
Responsibility: Bettany Hughes.

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