Baghdad City of Peace City of Blood (EPUB)
Frost at Midnight fD itsamously broiling climate is enough to deter me Princess Baby, Night-Night from actually visiting the place as if being an Israeli wasn t deterrence enough Still I learned a lotrom this book Mr Marozzi has the knack of being able to describe the various dynasties conuerors intellectuals and tyrants that adorn Baghdad s history with style and panache and he keeps what could have been a dreary read into an armchair adventure and travel journal The illustrations and maps are helpful It is very clear The Pentagon Papers: Making History at the Washington Post from theirst Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution few pages that Justin Marozzi s book on Baghdad is well researched However this is perhaps also the book s greatestault Filled with tidbits taken On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock from ancient texts modern press conferences and conversationsrom his trips to the historic city I was uite excited to pick up Baghdad While I am amiliar with its modern history I was curious to learn about the city before it became what we know it to be today Unfortunately Marozzi s curiosity and overwhelming desire to share everything he has learned prevents this rom being a book I d highly recommend Jumping rom century to century rom a description of stories in 1001 Arabian Nights to details about the city s sanitation there is no order There seems to be no rhyme or reason one moment Marozzi is talking about the arrival of the Turks the next he s on to something totally different that took place 100 years beforeafter In some chapters it appears he is trying to ocus on a theme ex music but then totally does not stick with that concept and tries something else This is also A Tricky Book For tricky book or that do not have a baseline understanding of the history of the Middle East or the system of Islamic government Though Marozzi can tell you how many pounds of I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) figs were served at aneast he totally breezes the ounding of the Islamic "feast he totally breezes through the ounding of the Islamic and does not even try to explain why there is a rift between the different sects in Ira a HUGE part of this country s historycurrent present I was also very disappointed with the lack of history when it came to setting up the current situation we see on the news constantly when it comes to Baghdad view spoilerI was also incredibly thrown off by several passages in the modern history part of the book that related the torture that prisoners of the government suffered It was incredibly graphic and came out of nowhere and totally did not it in with the rest of the book hide spoiler Well written but very bia. Ellers and its tyrants of its philosophers and conuerorsHere in the irst new history of Baghdad in nearly 80 years Justin Marozzi brings to life the whole tumultuous history of what was once the greatest capital on earth. D ind into it in 1258 and Tamerlane coloured the river blood red by throwing thousands of bodies into it not too long after From the very beginning strongmen have been an inescapable part of the city s story All powerful Abbasid caliphs brutal Mongol and Turkic conuerors Turkmen tribal chiefs Iranian shahs Ottoman sultans and pashas overweening Mamluks aghas and Janissaries all made themselves "masters of the City of Peace by shedding blood on a grand scale Whatever their many differences they were united "of the City of Peace by shedding blood on a grand scale Whatever their many differences they were united one important
none suffered rom sueamishness Justin chronicles the bloody history of Baghdad but it s a necessarily messy one Writing the biography of a single person is tricky business Writing the biography of an entire city is one huge undertaking But Marozzi does a decent job of it the book has some 40 pages of notes and has lots of explanatory notes in the text as well But the book does have problems there are so many names it s impossible to keep up with it So many caliphs so many leaders so many important people so many placenames so many remarkable stories and Camp Rex facts If you don t pay attention you will miss a lot Did you miss what was special with that guy on page 45 with thatunny name who gets mentioned again on page 120 Too bad Gotta look that up again And that gets tiresome after a while With that said this is an excellent book I eel like I learned so much The current state of Baghdad is well known to most of us but the history of it is not as well known It should be It is a remarkable story one which I highly recommend everyone to acuaint themselves with Justin Marozzi s book is a great place to begin There s a lot of info in this epic analysis of Baghdad s history It covers the rulers the conuests the epidemics the destructions the writers the scientists the despots and the average person over a 1500 year period of a city at the centre of a lot of events that impacted the world The book s depth of detail is both it s strength and probably it s major weakness But bravo to the author A Fun To Read Popular fun to read popular of this tumultuous city on the Tigris the new capital of the Abbasid Dynasty and the eventual capital of independent Ira While having been the engine of the high point of Arab Muslim culture in the 8th 10th centuries Baghdad suffered a long decline and while there would seem to be plenty to see and experience the typical violence of its inhabitants an. The Thousand and One Nights were set Yet it has also been a city of great hardships beset by epidemics amines Touch of Enchantment floods and numerousoreign invasions which have brought terrible bloodhsed This is the history of its storyt. ,
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The story of Baghdad is one illed with destruction death murder rape pillaging and sectarian warfare But it is also the story of resistance courage and the ability to rise again Miles from Kara from ashes and dust It began with theall of the Umayyad Caliphate with the new Abbasid Caliph Abu Ja Pee Wee Scouts treasury (Pee Wee Scouts, far al Mansur who needed a new capital Not one to leave things to his subordinates or to chance in 762 he personally selected the spotor his new grand capital right by the Tigris river A strategic decision due to great trade route possibilities and its proximity to "water Baghdad grew uickly indeed at a remarkable rate It is rather incredible "Baghdad grew uickly indeed at a remarkable rate It is rather incredible it was ounded in 762 and Harun al Rashid became Caliph only in 786 and this is considered to be the high point of Baghdadi history the golden age of
"Islam Marozzi Writes About Harun "Marozzi writes about Harun s career was astonishing a relentless whirlwind of bloodshed and conuest pilgrimage and procreation science and scholarship palatial building in Baghdad and expenditure on an imperial never to be repeated scale Just as Tamerlane adorned his capital of Samarkand with the ruits of his conuests so Harun lavished money on the greater glory of the City of Peace Harun s wild extravagances are well known and widely documented Yet this was no spendthrift ruler without a care or the uture of Baghdad and its empire On his death in 809 according to Tabari he left the treasury with 900 million dirhamsDuring the Abbasid era Baghdad was the centre of science art and literature Referred to as the Rome of the East it was a place where poets were treated as rockstars it was the home to what has been dubbed the world s High Heat first stateunded large scale science project in what was the irst Islamic observatory we have the House of Wisdom and a certain Mohammed ibn Musa al Khwarizmi whose work The Compendium on Calculation by Restoring and Balancing beueathed the dread term algebra scourge of childern s schooldays or than a thousand years and was also a key conduit or the passage of Arabic numerals into the medieval West As Marozzi writes it is not unreasonable to say that Baghdad was during the 8th and 9th centuries the high point of human civilization anywhere on the globeHowever Baghdad is a city that has suffered since its conception Famine loods wars sieges sackings and maniacal leaders The Tigris is a gigantic mass grave the Mongols coloured it black with ink after throwing all the books they coul. Over thirteen centuries Baghdad has enjoyed both cultural and commercial pre eminence boasting artistic and intellectual sophistication and an economy once the envy of the world It was here in the time of the Caliphs that.