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Titel: Damascus. A History.
Routledge, London / New York, 2005. 386p. ills.(Maps, line drawings and B&W photographs). Original black cloth with dust wrps. Spine silver titled. Nice copy. ?Ross bietet mit dieser kompakten und klar formulierten Übersicht einen guten Einstieg in die Stadtgeschichte von Damaskus, die nicht nur Reisenden oder allgemein Interessierten, sondern durchaus auch Historikerinnen und Historikern viel Nützlichen und Interessantes zugänglich macht. Er zeigt sich normalerweise wohl informiert über neue Ansätze in der Stadtforschung (?). Das schlägt sich auch in der fast 25seitigen Bibliographie nieder, die den Forschungsstand in vielen Bereichen adäquat widerspiegelt. Zahlreiche Karten, Pläne und Illustrationen und ein umfangreicher Index sowie ein Glossar erschließen auch Detailinformationen zu einzelnen Begriffen und Bauten (?). Auch wenn Spezialisten für einzelne Perioden sicher das eine oder das andere vermissen werden, so ist das Buch doch eine lohnende Lektüre für alle, die vertiefte Informationen zu einer über Jahrtausende entstandenen Stadtlandschaft suchen.? (ASTRID MEIER in H-Net Reviews, 2007). Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 35290
Inhaltsangabe: This is the first book in English to relate the history of Damascus, bringing out the crucial role the city has played at many points in the region's past. Damascus traces the history of this colourful, significant and complex city through its physical development, from the city's emergence in around 7000 BC through the changing cavalcade of Aramaean, Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Mongol and French rulers right up to the end of Turkish control in 1918.
In Damascus, every layer of the history has built precisely on top of its predecessors for at least three millennia, leaving a detailed archaeological record of one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The book looks particularly at the interplay between the western and eastern influences that have provided Damascus with such a rich past, and how this perfectly encapsulates the forces that have played over the Middle East as a whole from the earliest recorded times to the present.
Lavishly illustrated, Damascus: A History is a compelling and unique exploration of a fascinating city.
Über den Autor: Ross Burns has recently retired from the Australian Foreign Service after assignments which included several countries of the eastern Mediterranean, including Syria. Currently pursuing his archaeological and historical interests fulltime, he is the author of Monuments of Syria, the first modern study of that country's rich archaeological heritage.
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