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Milton, Giles
Paradise lost : Smyrna, 1922 : the destruction of a Christian city in the Islamic world / Giles Milton
Alternate Title Smyrna, 1922
New York : Basic Books, c2008
book jacket
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 Armenian Research Center  DF845.53.I94 M55    CALL 593-5181
Subject(s) Greco-Turkish War, 1921-1922
Greco-Turkish War, 1921-1922 -- Personal narratives
Subject İzmir (Turkey) -- History -- 20th century
Subject(s) Greeks -- Turkey -- History -- 20th century
Islam -- Relations -- Christianity
Subject Atatürk, Kemal, 1881-1938
Subject(s) Massacres -- Turkey -- İzmir
World War, 1914-1918 -- Peace
Subject Turkey -- History -- 1918-1960
Turkey -- Civilization -- 20th century
Subject(s) Fires -- Turkey -- İzmir
Minorities -- Turkey -- İzmir
Massacres -- Turkey -- İzmir -- History -- 20th century
Armenians -- Crimes against -- Turkey -- İzmir -- History -- 20th century
Armenian massacres, 1915-1923
Physical Description 426 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note ACCESS: May only be used at the Armenian Research Center ; please call 313 593-5181 for Center hours
Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary Smyrna was the richest and most cosmopolitan city in the Ottoman Empire, its vast wealth created over centuries. Its factories teemed with Greeks, Armenians, Turks, and Jews--a majority Christian city unique in the Islamic world. But to the Turkish nationalists, Smyrna was a city of infidels. In the aftermath of the First World War and with the support of the Great Powers, Greece had invaded Turkey. But by the summer of 1922, as Greek troops retreated, the non-Muslim civilians of Smyrna assumed that American and European warships would intervene if the Turks entered the city. Then, on September 13, 1922, Turkish troops descended. They rampaged first through the Armenian quarter, and then throughout the rest of the city. They looted, raped, and murdered thousands. Soon, all but the Turkish quarter of the city was in flames and hundreds of thousands of refugees crowded the waterfront. The city burned for four days; more than 100,000 people were killed and millions left homeless. Based on eyewitness accounts and the memories of survivors, this book offers a vivid narrative account of one of the most vicious military catastrophes of the modern age.--From publisher description
Series Armenian Research Center collection

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