Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean

Philip Mansel, "Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean"
Publisher: Yale University Press | ISBN: 0300172648 | 2011 | PDF | 470 pages | 5.5 MB

Levant is a book of cities. It describes three former centers of great wealth, pleasure, and freedom—Smyrna, Alexandria, and Beirut—cities of the Levant region along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean. In these key ports at the crossroads of East and West, against all expectations, cosmopolitanism and nationalism flourished simultaneously. People freely switched identities and languages, released from the prisons of religion and nationality. Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived and worshipped as neighbors.

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