Europe's Muslim Capital
Philip Mansel explores the City of the Sultans from 1453 onwards, and finds it characterised by a vibrant multi-culturalism until the Ottoman demise of 1922.
States and nations have dominated the history books of Europe. Yet for many of its inhabitants, cities had a much greater impact on daily life. If we look at the cities of Europe, at their populations, economies and cultures, nationalism and the nation state appear less important and less inevitable.
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