Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 15, 1998 - History - 544 pages
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The only city situated on two continents, Constantinople was both meeting place and battlefield. In this remarkable study, Philip Mansel richly describes the city as the capital of the Ottoman sultans, dominating an empire that at its height stretched from Morocco to Russia and from the Danube to the Persian Gulf. Beginning his story in 1453 with the triumphant entry of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, Mansel charts the dramtic influence of several wealthy dynasties through to the final fall of Constantinople to the Turkish Republic in 1924.
"Constantinople" brings to life a world now lost forever and records the history of what was indeed "the city of the world's desire" -- irrestible, insidious, capable of driving its inhabitants to extremes of grandeur, piety, or depravity.

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Review: Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924

User Review  - Klaas Roggeman - Goodreads

It took me almost half a year to finish... In the first half of the book Mansel applies a topical instead of chronological way of writing. I can understand this decision, but it causes quite a bit of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

10/10 Epic masterpiece of history for the true lover of history. Read full review

About the author (1998)

Philip Mansel was educated at Oxford and is the author of several highly praised works of history, including" Constantinople: City of the World's Desire 1453-1924 "(1995). He is a frequent reviewer and writer for newspapers and magazines and is editor of the journal" The Court Historian."

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