Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924
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, 1453-1924User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
Review: ConstantinopleUser Review - Kris - Goodreads
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