Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood

Baghdad City of Peace City of Blood 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

  • Title: Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood
  • Author: Justin Marozzi
  • ISBN: 9781846143137
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 the Thousand and One Nights were set Yet it has also been a city of great hardships, beset by epidemics, famines, floods, and numerous foreign invaOver 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 the Thousand and One Nights were set Yet it has also been a city of great hardships, beset by epidemics, famines, floods, and numerous foreign invasions which have brought terrible bloodhsed This is the history of its storytellers and its tyrants, of its philosophers and conquerors.Here, in the first 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.

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    1. The story of Baghdad is one filled with destruction, death, murder, rape, pillaging, and sectarian warfare. But it is also the story of resistance, courage, and the ability to rise again from ashes and dust. It began with the fall of the Umayyad Caliphate, with the new Abbasid Caliph, Abu Ja'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 spot for his new, grand capital: right by the Tigris river. A strategic de [...]

    2. Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. Peter Ackroyd wrote the best biography of a city in his London. It is a magnificent, unsurpassable prose poem to a famous city. In some ways, Ackroyd had it easy. After all, despite Boudicca, the Great Fire, and the Blitz, London stands; it has been rebuilt, but it always stands. Baghdad doesn’t quite stand the same way it used to. Justin Marozzi’s book is a history of famed city that has fallen on harsh and violent times. While Marozzi’s work isn’t quite t [...]

    3. “ Baghdad became a city of ghosts, especially at night.” This book has truly given me a slight insight of my country, which the majority of us do not know. The fact that the author uses a timeline to explain the events in detail which compelled me to finish the book to the end. The book has bought tears to my eyes, to see a country that has so much history go to destruction. However history does repeat itself as shown in 775 the injustice murder of the Imam Musa Al Kadhim (AS) (the grandson [...]

    4. Just looking at where Justin Marozzi has worked is enough to tell you that you are dealing with the highest caliber of journalist. Dafur,Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. This is a tremendous body of work researched and written over a ten year period. Starting with the foundation of Baghdad in the mid eighth century by Al Mansur right up to the fall of Saddam.What a cast of characters. The caliphs, an assorted bunch of Caligulas, ruled when Baghdad was the premier world city until the arrival of th [...]

    5. Obviously, the history of Baghdad is important to us because the current conflicts in that region. However, in the Middle Ages it was one of the major cities of the world, a center of commerce, learning, arts and science. In this city, modern algebra and the coffee house were invented. It was a cosmopolitan cities consisting of many religions and ethnic groups. Also, Baghdad has served as the location for many stories and tales such as the Arabian/Thousand and One Nights in the Middle Ages and A [...]

    6. It is very clear from the first few pages that Justin Marozzi's book on Baghdad is well-researched. However, this is perhaps also the book's greatest fault. Filled with tidbits taken from ancient texts, modern press conferences, and conversations from his trips to the historic city, I was quite excited to pick up "Baghdad." While I am familiar with its modern history, I was curious to learn more about the city before it became what we know it to be today. Unfortunately, Marozzi's curiosity and o [...]

    7. A fun-to-read popular history of this tumultuous city on the Tigris, the new capital of the Abbasid Dynasty and the eventual capital of independent Iraq. While have 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 and its famously broiling climate is enough to deter me from actually visiting the place, as if being an Israeli [...]

    8. Justin Marozzi’s Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood – A History in Thirteen Centuries is a fascinating, intense, at times graphic, sad, and yet hopeful portrait of an ancient city that is very much in the post-modern world’s eye.To be published by Da Capo Press, it tells the story of Baghdad against the backdrop of history from its time as a progressive and elegant city in the forefront of Islamic learning and culture beginning in the 8th century (762 AD) through the current state of af [...]

    9. It is hard to imagine a city whose fortunes have swung more wildly than that of Baghdad. Made out of whole cloth in the shadow of Babylon, it was the center of the Moslem world, the preserver of Greek and Roman knowledge during Europe’s Dark Ages, an innovator in science and mathematics, a trading powerhouse floating on a sea of black gold, and the dynamic center of a new secular pan-Arabism. Unfortunately, it has also been the victim of external invasions from other Arabs, Mongols, Ottomans a [...]

    10. I loved this book! Yes, it is slow in the beginning. But that was due to trying to grasp the history of Baghdad from the prophet Mohammad's time down to the period that has names we are more familiar with. But you have to do that early history to understand the animosity between Shia and Sunni. Then when it down into more modern times it picks up.I have studied the history of Mesopotamia but this is the first book I have read on just the city of Baghdad. I have always had a passion for Baghdad. [...]

    11. As a proud Baghdadi myself I loved and appreciated this book , it is well researched with a competent review of history leading to the present state of events . I highly recommend it to those who would want to dig more into the history of our beloved Baghdad beyond the Saddam era thank you Justin Marozzi still waiting for this book be translated to Arabic !!!!!

    12. I didn't truly understand why this world city made such a big difference to civilization until Justin Marozzi set me straight with this book. I mean, sure, I have performed N. Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade (ah, the English horn solos in the third movement!), listened to lecture after lecture concerning Middle Eastern politics, watched scores of bloody Afghan movies, I believe 2011-2013 read the anonymous One-thousand-and-one Arabian Nights, then read A Thousand Splendid Suns (after reading The [...]

    13. Justin Marozzi’s Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood: A History in Thirteen Centuries is a well-researched and well-documented history of that troubled city. Written in a style that is engaging and accessible, Marozzi peppers his sentences with occasional humor and irony. He traces the decline of a city once known as the center of the world and the cradle of civilization. Beginning with the caliph Mansur who established it as his capital in 762 C.E. and concluding in 2007 with the fall of Sa [...]

    14. A history of the city of Baghdad from 750 to 2013 when the book was written, from the founding by Mansur to its hey day with Al Rashid, from the horrible incompetence of Mustasim to the Ottoman Revival, from Persian pashas to British consulates this book tells it all.I decided to read this on a whim and though I did have trouble with the Arab names, after the 15th Ali and Ibn [insert name here] my mind sort of glazed over the names and just took in the general gist of the history itself and the [...]

    15. I try not to be bias or limit my middle eastern history to middle eastern historians to get a wider view, but after reaching page 45 I made a decision that this would be my last history book by orientalists. I have read -half way through- A Peace to End all Peace by David Fromkin who was waaaay less bias and kept his personal opinion to side in contrast to this writer that at many times seemed shia-iranian bias-not that thats an issue- and some parts seemed like I was reading a Michelle Moran No [...]

    16. If you're inclined to take a bloody walk down memory lane, this is a suitable book for the purpose. In case you can't stomach vivid descriptions of violence and torture, either be prepared to skip some pages or avoid the book altogether.It's also a good choice if you're looking for a primer on the history of Baghdad. Once a highly romanticised city -- thanks in large part to the fame of the 1001 Nights -- the crumbling Baghdad today is a distant cry from the halcyon days of the Abbasid dynasty. [...]

    17. For a city at the heart of much of U.S. foreign policy for the decade, the magnificent—and lengthy—history of Baghdad has seemed secondary to its current status as a bombed and divided metropolis.British journalist Justin Marozzi has, in Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood—A History in Thirteen Centuries, done for Bagdad what Simon Sebag Montefiore did for Jerusalem, or what Philip Mansel did for Constantinople. Blending historical accounts with his own observations—Marozzi has been in [...]

    18. i tried to get into this book, i generally enjoy historical nonfiction, depending on culture/era being covered and i am interested in the Middle Eastrhaps i was just not in the mood for this sort of thing at the time, but i found it somewhat hard to follow and did not finish itat said, it was very well-researched and for someone with a more scholarly mindset and an interest in the subject matter, i think it would make a very good readr that reason, despite my inability to drop into it, i am givi [...]

    19. Given To Me For An Honest ReviewThis isn't the typical book I read but I decided to read it anyway. It did start out a bit slow in the beginning but as I read it ended up a page turner for me. It is a very interesting historical read which I enjoyed reading. It shows what Baghdad has gone through. It has been troubled with many natural disasters, robbed by northern raiders and. incursions of all surrounding tribes. Justin Marozzi gives us descriptions of the many faces of Bagdad and what it has [...]

    20. The most comprehensive, thorough book of Bagdad I have come across. Very informative with some slight narration to tie each chapter together. Sometimes, however, the sentence structure came across as confusing. The dates in some chapters jumped around. One moment the sentence would be about the year 1800 and then the next paragraph would be all about the year 700, but then partway through, would jump to 2000's. It served as a good starting point for the research I was doing for my latest novel.

    21. Fascinating and comprehensively researched biography of a city that has seen much and undergone much more the modern part from Kassem onwards was a little too skimpy though. For the rest, read here: hindustantimes/books/b

    22. I struggled a lot with the first half of the book, I couldn't relate to anyone or anything.I feel I got the gist but wish the author could have anchored me in more, I still don't really know much other than dates, times and rulers names :-(

    23. If you ever want to see Baghdad in its old glory and pride, Marozzi's description was more than enough. By far, the best historical book ever.

    24. Way too much detail for me--squared times two. No need to expand on this. Some will probably find the book very interesting. As a casual reader, I cannot recommend.

    25. A fine review of the history og Baghdad and its place in history. Not ground-breaking in any way, but very readable.

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