Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood (Anglais) Relié – 29 mai 2014
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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. The city has swung from being bloody to peace and back to be bloody. But during its "Golden Ages" it had to have been a wonderful place to live. Now my heart aches for it.
Baghdad truly was the Cradle of Civilization. The arts, sciences, literature, poetry that came from there was amazing. It was a city for intellectuals. I do find it sad now that the Jewish community that was there throughout history is now gone. And it may be happening now to the Christian community. Baghdad used to be a place that thrived from diversity. Now that diversity is being smothered.
The Baghdadi people have had to be strong and resilient while surviving the many raids upon and the power-hungry rulers that cared nothing for the people. Justin Marozzi did an amazing job with his research and pulling it all together. My only complaint with this book was that I could not easily access the numerous footnotes. However, that was not the author's fault. I received the digital galley from Net Galley, and it was just too cumbersome to try to get to the footnotes and then back to where I was. I imagined that problem is resolved with the finalized e-book. There is a wonderful bibliography at the end. I will be reading some of the books listed there.
This 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 gone through over the centuries. I recommend it.
Reading this helped me to better understand more about the people of Baghdad and their civilization. I also gained a better appreciated for the differences between the Sunni’s and Shia’s. The book details the brutality of fighting within the land and the peace which was also found in the same land.
Marozzi leads back to the modern era, discussing themes and images which we have a better grasp of today. Baghdad seemed to be a place filled with great diversity and a place filled with a great deal of culture. I appreciated reading this book. Again, it starts slow, and you need to be interested in history and Middle Eastern history, that is, Baghdad.
I received a digital copy of this book through Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review of this book.