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Erudite, astonishing in the plethora of historicaldetail, big and small, Ms Hughes tape version 20 discs A Tale of 3 Cities ISTANBUL seduced me into purchasing the book She s a brilliant historian and captivating writer speaker I wishthis published treasure was available to me when residing in Bebek, Istanbul in the 80 sDianna Unver #Free Pdf Ë Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities ⚺ Groundbreakinga Colossal Undertakinga Notable Achievement Roger Crowley, Bestselling Author Of Impressive In Istanbul, Hughes Plays Intriguing, Sophisticated Games With Time And Space By Making Unlikely Connections Between Well Described Locations And Events Separated By Eons, She Gives Voice To Those Witchy, Diachronic Feelings In A Spectacular Fashion The Economist Richly Entertaining And Impeccably Researched Hughes S Ebullient Book Is An Ode To Three Incarnations Of The City Peter Frankopan, Author Of The International Bestseller The Silk Roads Brimming With Brio And Incidentlife Filled And Life Affirming History, Steeped In Romance And Written With Verve Justin Marozzi, Award Winning Author Of Baghdad Mesmerizing Weaves Research And Insight With Understanding And Love Here Is A Book Written As Much With The Heart As The Mind Elif Shafak, Award Winning Author Of The Bastard Of Istanbul Shows Readers How A Prehistoric Settlement Evolved Through The Centuries Into A Great Metropolis, The Crossroads Where East Meets West New York Times Book Review Editors Choice Curiously Gripping Hughes Establishes Just How Deep The Greek Roots Of The Settlement Called Byzantion WentShe Has A Fine Feel For The Complexities And Shadings Of That Distant PastHughes S Tone Is Both Scholarly And Rich In Visual DetailShow S How Intricate And Improbable Istanbul S History Has Been New York Times Book Review A Marvelous New Book By One Of Britain S Most Successful Television Historians An Ambitious EnterpriseVivid And Readable Prose A Wonderful Evocation Of Istanbul S Glittering Past Wall Street Journal Hughes Is Not An Argumentative Historian She Avoids The Debates Of Academe She Is A Wistful And Impassioned Cosmopolitan Who Has Produced A Challenging StoryFinancial Times A Deeply Researched Biography Of A Legendary CityA Panoramic Cultural History Of A Fascinating Place Kirkus ReviewsIstanbul Has Long Been A Place Where Stories And Histories Collide, Where Perception Is As Potent As FactFrom The Koran To Shakespeare, This City With Three Names Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul Resonates As An Idea And A Place, Real And Imagined Standing As The Gateway Between East And West, North And South, It Has Been The Capital City Of The Roman, Byzantine, And Ottoman Empires For Much Of Its History It Was The Very Center Of The World, Known Simply As The City, But, As Bettany Hughes Reveals, Istanbul Is Not Just A City, But A Global StoryIn This Epic New Biography, Hughes Takes Us On A Dazzling Historical Journey From The Neolithic To The Present, Through The Many Incarnations Of One Of The World S Greatest Cities Exploring The Ways That Istanbul S Influence Has Spun Out To Shape The Wider World Hughes Investigates What It Takes To Make A City And Tells The Story Not Just Of Emperors, Viziers, Caliphs, And Sultans, But Of The Poor And The Voiceless, Of The Women And Men Whose Aspirations And Dreams Have Continuously Reinvented IstanbulWritten With Energy And Animation, Award Winning Historian Bettany Hughes Deftly Guides Readers Through Istanbul S Rich Layers Of History Based On Meticulous Research And New Archaeological Evidence, This Captivating Portrait Of The Momentous Life Of Istanbul Is Visceral, Immediate, And Authoritative Narrative History At Its Finest This is a good book, but several comments can be made regarding its contents The first section beginninhg with Byzantione and ending with the decline of the Byzantine Empire with the conquest of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmet II in 1453 is very detailed Within this section I know the destruction of Old Rome, the establishment of New Rome and of the Byzantine Empire I know in detail the 4th crusade by the Venetians in 1204 whose aim was Jerusalem, but who were so surprised by the beauty of Constantinople that they stayed there, destroyed it and returned to Venice with a variety of art works which today can be observed in Venice The section is good in describing the discoveries the excavations have made during the construction of the tunnels in Istanbul My comments refer to the Ottoman section of the book Early in this section the book emphasizes the role of royal women praising them being the ones whose behavior in bath houses brought the renaissance by playing some role in the palace and or requiring the construction of mosques This is not renaissance Subsequently it returns at length to their behavior in the harem, the way their dress, expresses in detail their behavior in bath houses, inviting guests there, including Lady Montagu and other European visitors But with respect to events, especially with respect to battles between the Ottoman Empire and Europe, I find it explaining in detail those won by Europe, but mentioning extremely simply those in which Ottomans are defeated For example, as the first siege of Vienna is concerned it is simply stated that the Ottomans had arrived to the walls of the city, but Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent withdraws due to inclement weather However, the third siege of Vienna in 1683 by Sultan Mehmet IV occupies a whole chapter, even mentions the decapitation off the Vizier Kara Mustafa Pasha who was the commander Well, it was a successful event for the West Also the sea battle of Lepanto in 1571, which is a defeat for the Ottomans, is analyzed in detail including the beheading of its commander Muezzinzade Ali Pasha The Janissary corps is treated very lightly There is no mention of the gradual decline of their organization after the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, becoming a state in a state, changing viziers as well as killing them, dethroning and killing sultans, even raping them, appointing new ones , and becoming very powerful Finally Sultan Abdulmecid I eliminates them in 1826 The author mentions their elimination in the list at the end of the book My most important comment is the slight emphasis on the real renaissance during the reign of Sultan Ahmet III, which unfortunately lasted a short time The author describes in detail the conquest and the development of the city thereafter with the Sultan Mehmet II increasing its population by bringing in migrants from different areas and undertaking new constructions in the city The author refers to the successful achievements of the sultan also as renaissance, which it is not The real renaissance occurred during the reign of Sultan Ahmet III together with his Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha, but lasted unfortunately a short time The author gives slight emphasis to this real renaissance.As Turkish history books do, the author also refers to this period as the Tulip Age But in the Ottoman Empire the love for tulip is nothing new Even before the reign of Sultan Ahmet III tulip was a favored flower Moreover, the word lale tulip and Allah God , when written in Arabic letters contain the same letters Sultan Selim I had brought 50,000 bulbs from Aleppo Sultan Murad III 300,000 bulbs from Crimea to plant in the gardens of the palace According to Evliya Celebi there occurred a tulip market in Istanbul But the age is not a Tulip Age It is an Age that began with the activities of Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha and became the beginning of art, poetry, music, science and westernization, and the first and I insist the first and the last renaissance period The great orientalist Bernard Lewis is of the same opinion The changes it brought could not spread to the entire country they occurred in Istanbul and to a certain extent in Konya and Nevsehir A book is required to describe the developments that took place during this period It was a period when liberal arts and thoughts developed, it was the beginning of an enlightenment in the fields of science, architecture, painting, miniature, music and poetry For this purpose a movement towards the West occurred Ibrahim Pasha succeeded in achieving only a part of what needed to be done But because of the conditions of the society in which he lived it ended in 1730 with the rebellion led by the yeniceri Patrona Halil, as the author indicates in the list at the end of the book This section should have been given than its rightful due than the behavior of women described in several chapters. It is a very interesting book filled with an enormous amount of information Because of this amount, the quantity exceeds the quality, i.e a story gives way to a data It feels like a layer upon a layer of information On the one hand, it is hard to stop reading but on the other, it is like gathering and of dates, names, and events without much of analysis The language is difficult at times you need to reread sentense a few times A titanic job on the part of the author while gathering and systematizing such a wealth of information. Man, Bettany Hughes books are always such a treat You always know when you crack open the cover and dive into those 700 pages that you re not going to get straight history Rather, you get a poetic description rich with content andwellsomething that s not simple, linear history.Many great and terrible history books are all written in a similar, familiar style They provide a connect the dots presentation of the content books that are engaging and informative At their best, they transport you into the past to really feel the culture and issues of that bygone era.Bettany Hughes new book, Istanbul, just like her previous two books approaches history differently It s complex almost mythical, but always rooted in her extensive personal research and the most recent scholarship.Hughes uses beautiful prose to interweave past and present She ll put you in a specific place some little back alley of Istanbul or anyplace and within a few sentences dazzle you with descriptions from antiquity and present of that one place Past and present merge Eras crash together All history seems to synthesize You feel it all at once This isn t straight, linear history it s mystical, visceral history Reading Istanbul is a bit like being a geologist studying the layers of rock on a cliff face There it all is, past and present together, piled in artful layers You get a sense of both history and timelessness.That s not to say there s no linear, historical development in this book There certainly is a good, old fashioned connect the dots, cause and effect telling of Istanbul s biography here Hughes spends 700 pages walking us from antiquity to modernity But if you pick up this book, open it to any chapter, read it, and you ll find a confluence of many historical streams flowing into that one moment and place.Reading this book is a joy in the same way Helen of Troy and Hemlock Cup were God, I love Bettany Hughes books I bought both this book and her last one the day they arrived in the store So, September 12, 2017 was a special day for me when this one hit the shelves Reading her books can take you on quite a trip They are a drug I quite enjoy As a great admirer of Bettany Hughes video documentaries, I was excited to finally take a go at one of her books about one of my most favorite cities in the world that I am obsessed with Istanbul Being that this book wasn t being released in the USA till September, I was delighted to find a seller in Ireland that would ship to me Ms Hughes, the writer does not disappoint, her writing is easy but covers a wealth of information concerning one of the worlds greatest cities This is not a light read, the book is massive but well worth it you can t cram 2000 years of history of such a dynamic city in 200 pages Again, she is able to bring history to life, but in a style this is not dense and academic I highly recommend for history buffs, readers that want to know about how current events came to be.