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  1. says:

    Yowzer I thought it was hard to memorize the Presidents of the United States It would be uite an accomplishment to memorize all of the rulers of Istanbul I finally abandoned the book about halfway through I am sure that it is an accurate listing of who ruled when what architectural feats they accomplished what major battles they fought in whose eyes they gouged out but it to me was a mind numbing whirl of facts and figures none o

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    Somehow managed to have at least a seven year gap between starting and finishing thisWriting a history of a city that has been an imperial hub for what 1700 years is always going to be difficult in that the history of the empires and the history of the city blend into one another The Byzantine Empire was saved countless times by the fact Constantinople was unconuerable Eually during the Ottoman period the empire's highs and lows

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    It's already a part of tradition that I always find and buy a book about the places I visit fortunately Istanbul have not on

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    Objectively this book is kind of boring I picked this book up because I find Istanbul enchanting and I enjoyed the portions of this book that focus on the growth and development of the city and its landmarks enough to like the book as a whole But that really isn't the book's focus Instead Freely focuses on the

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    Not that good it's like a long list of names of who got murdered for control of the city with the occasional anecdote and the ''he build this'' and she build that with a long index of monuments at the end that s

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    This is a book I enjoyed readingWith my general love of history the author introduced me to pre Ottoman Istanbul which revea

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    John Freely's reference book can be identified as tale of three cities Byzantium Constantinople and İstanbul This lyric tale which at

  8. says:

    I bought this book on the road back from Istanbul a city I enjoyed very much during a week long visit Istanbul The Imperial

  9. says:

    This book about ByzantiumConstantinopleIstanbul by the American teacher John Freely is a curious read It purports to be a chronological history of the city yet is in fact mostly a string of anecdotes about the doings of its sometime rulers interspersed with the odd undigested gobbet of political history It has none of the contextual depth or atmospherics reuired to really understand the place in the way for example that you can al

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    Too many facts to really digest by reading it through but lots of information for someone visiting Istanbul that provides a signific

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Udy of this legendary city through its many different ages from its earliest foundation to the present day the perfect traveller's companion and guide. This book about ByzantiumConstantinopleIstanbul by the American teacher John Freely is a curious read It purports to be a chronological history of the city yet is in fact mostly a string of anecdotes about the doings of its sometime rulers interspersed with the odd undigested gobbet of political history It has none of the contextual depth or atmospherics reuired to really understand the place in the way for example that you can almost walk the streets of Victorian London in Desmond and Moore s incredible biography of Darwin So the first 300 odd pages skate unsatisfyingly over the surface of their subject and then the final 60 odd footnotes to the main text consist of detailed architectural descriptions with sketches of the remaining monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman eras which would no doubt be illuminating if you were examining those places with the book in your hand but are really just annoying when you have to flick back and forthPerhaps I ll pack it next time I go it might change my mind

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Istanbul The Imperial City

Istanbul's history is a catalogue of change not least of name yet it has managed to retain its own uniue identity John Freely captures the flavour of. Yowzer I thought it was hard to memorize the Presidents of the United States It would be uite an accomplishment to memorize all of the rulers of Istanbul I finally abandoned the book about halfway through I am sure that it is an accurate listing of who ruled when what architectural feats they accomplished what major battles they fought in whose eyes they gouged out but it to me was a mind numbing whirl of facts and figures none of which were terribly interesting More interesting to me who just wanted to learn about the history of Turkey was reading about the Ottoman Empire on Wikipedia Double Jeopardy uniue identity John Freely captures the flavour of. Yowzer I thought it was hard to memorize the Presidents of the United States It would be Einsteins Generation uite an accomplishment to memorize all of the rulers of Istanbul I finally abandoned the book about halfway through I am sure that it is an accurate listing of who ruled when what architectural feats they accomplished what major battles they fought in whose eyes they gouged out but it to me was a mind numbing whirl of facts and figures none of which were terribly interesting More interesting to me who just wanted to learn about the history of Turkey was reading about the Ottoman Empire on Wikipedia

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Daily life as well as court ceremonial and intrigue The book also includes a comprehensive gazetteer of all major monuments and museums An in depth st. This is a book I enjoyed readingWith my general love of history the author introduced me to pre Ottoman Istanbul which revealed to me along with Ottoman and Republican Istanbul this what weight and value this beautiful city has in world history making me love Istanbul even The author divides the book into three parts Byzantium Constantinople IstanbulThe first two cover the period before the 1453 Ottoman conuest taking us back to around 600 bc with the early Greek settlements in the area and the establishment of Byzantium on the first hill of the historical peninsula on the MarmaraBosphorus Byzantium develops into a state and then into a capital of an empire chosen by the emperor Constantine to be the Roman empire capital named Constantinople after his nameWith it s empire the capital flourishes for centuries but then finally descends witnessing internal struggles and external threats which are covered in the material recording the social development and building of the city historical monumentsReading this pre Ottoman history was certainly interesting and very useful with the the load of details some readers might not be familiar with in the city s ancient historyThe third part Istanbul was familiar The city Constantinople is conuered by Sultan Mehmet the Conueror Fatih the year 1453 and is reborn as Istanbul the capital of the Ottoman empire inheriting the richness of the past and with the new Ottoman additions turns into a real metropolis of a city adding beauty to it s ancient historical beautyAs in the pre Ottoman history the city expands with numerous monuments built in the process recorded in the material along with the social developments of it s people where the author includes various texts written by historians and travellers adding value to the reading experience of the materialThe city lives with the empire and the Sultans witnessing the up and downs the good days and the bad days finally witnessing the collapse of the great Ottoman Empire ending the days of imperial Istanbul which transforms into the modern Republican Istanbul no longer a capital but still the beautiful city with it s special spirit and character surviving over it s centuries of long history on the BosphorusThe author added a useful appendix for readers interested in details on the many monuments and landmarks mentioned throughout the bookThere were some very minor instances where some Ottoman political history details lacked accuracy or completion This did not negatively impact my reading having this book a story of Istanbul the place and the inhabitants Such minor notes will not impact my rating of the book deserving a full rating of 55A high recommendation for lovers of Istanbul and it s beauty throughout history