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[download Istanbul The Imperial City] Ebook By John Freely

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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

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Istanbul The Imperial City

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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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. 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 seems copy pasted from wikipedia


10 thoughts on “Istanbul The Imperial City

  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 fo

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

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

  4. says:

    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 long and violent par

  5. says:

    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 seems copy pasted from wikipedia

  6. says:

    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 thre

  7. says:

    John Freely's reference book can be identified as tale of three cities Byzantium Constantinople and İstanbul This lyric tale which attracts the reader from the very first page just starting with ethymological roots of İstanbul stin poli ie to the city 'no other name is needed to identify it' as Freely beautifully points out and Anatolia wh

  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 City by John Freely is exactly what I should have been reading before visiting it is a history of the city sprinkled with descriptions of the buildings and landmarks still visible at the middle of the 1990s We are also given excerpts from some of the most important writings on the topic of Istanbul especially from t

  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 do

  10. says:

    Too many facts to really digest by reading it through but lots of information for someone visiting Istanbul that provides a significant depth of knowledgeI would have rated it lower if I had to read it all in one s

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