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Midnight at the Pera Palace: the birth of modern Istanbul

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At midnight, December 31, 1925, citizens of the newly proclaimed Turkish Republic celebrated the New Year. For the first time ever, they had agreed to use a nationally unified calendar and clock.

Yet in Istanbul-an ancient crossroads and Turkey's largest city-people were looking toward an uncertain future. Never purely Turkish, Istanbul was home to generations of Greeks, Armenians, and Jews, as well as Muslims. It welcomed White Russian nobles ousted by the Russian Revolution, Bolshevik assassins on the trail of the exiled Leon Trotsky, German professors, British diplomats, and American entrepreneurs-a multicultural panoply of performers and poets, do-gooders and ne'er-do-wells. During the Second World War, thousands of Jews fleeing occupied Europe found passage through Istanbul, some with the help of the future Pope John XXIII. At the Pera Palace, Istanbul's most luxurious hotel, so many spies mingled in the lobby that the manager posted a sign asking them to relinquish their seats to paying guests.

With beguiling prose and rich character portraits, Charles King brings to life a remarkable era when a storied city stumbled into the modern world and reshaped the meaning of cosmopolitanism.

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subject_facet City and town life -- Turkey -- Istanbul -- History -- 20th century, Cosmopolitanism -- Turkey -- Istanbul -- History -- 20th century, Istanbul (Turkey) -- History -- 20th century, Istanbul (Turkey) -- Social conditions -- 20th century, Istanbul (Turkey) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century, Pera Palas Oteli (Istanbul, Turkey) -- History -- 20th century, Social change -- Turkey -- Istanbul -- History -- 20th century
title_display Midnight at the Pera Palace : the birth of modern Istanbul
title_full Midnight at the Pera Palace : the birth of modern Istanbul / Charles King, Midnight at the Pera Palace : the birth of modern Istanbul [electronic resource] / Charles King
title_short Midnight at the Pera Palace :
title_sub the birth of modern Istanbul
topic_facet City and town life, Cosmopolitanism, History, Social change, Social conditions, Social life and customs