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Levant : splendour and catastophe on the Mediterranean

Author: Philip Mansel
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Levant is a book of cities. It describes Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut when they were windows on the world, escapes from nationality and tradition, centres of wealth, pleasure and freedom. Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut challenge stereotypes. They were both cosmopolitan cities and centres of nationalism. Using unpublished family papers, Philip Mansel describes their colourful, contradictory history, from the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Mansel
ISBN: 9780719567070 0719567076
OCLC Number: 768548074
Description: 470 s. : ill., kort
Responsibility: Philip Mansel

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Levant is a book of cities. It describes Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut when they were windows on the world, escapes from nationality and tradition, centres of wealth, pleasure and freedom. Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut challenge stereotypes. They were both cosmopolitan cities and centres of nationalism. Using unpublished family papers, Philip Mansel describes their colourful, contradictory history, from the beginning of the French alliance with the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century to their decline in the mid twentieth century. Smyrna was burnt; Alexandria Egyptianised; Beirut lacerated by civil war.

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