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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Constantinople: city of the world's desire, 1453-1924

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Mansel (Witnesses, State Mutual Book and Periodical Service, 1994) has written a highly readable anecdotal history of Constantinople during the Ottoman period. For over 1000 years, Constantinople had ... Read full review

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I am obsessed with Instanbul formerly Constantinople. This is an interesting book, though now I need to locate one about Constantinople during the time of Constantine, rather than during the Ottoman empire. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Philip Mansel, who has lived and taught in Paris, is the author of, among other works, Louis XVIII, The Court of France 1789-1830, and Constantinople: City of the World’s Desire 1453-1924. He coedited The French Emigres in Europe 1789-1814, has written for numerous newspapers and periodicals, and is editor of the Court Historian, newsletter of the Society for Court Studies.

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