Friday, 20 December 2013

Byzantium: a tale of three cities, episode three



I wasn’t intending to watch or post on the third and final part of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s series, Byzantium: a tale of three cities, which deals with the history of the city under Ottoman occupation, but I succumbed. Montefiore’s not much of a historian and he trots out the usual nonsense about the Ottoman empire being a beacon of tolerance and multiculturalism, a claim made even more absurd by the overwhelming evidence he himself presents that reveals Turkish rule and rulers to have been mind-bogglingly perverse and sadistic from beginning to end.

* Click on links for episodes one and two.

2 comments:

Loukas Leon said...

David Brewer's Greece, the Hidden Centuries: Turkish Rule from the Fall of Constantinople to Greek Independence does much the same thing. It has received much praise from a variety of conformist sheep, leftist lunatics and other idiots in general.

John Akritas said...

It's a pity that we Greeks in the diaspora, for a variety of reasons, have limited access to books and so on written by our own people on Greek history, etc, and we are often forced to rely on foreigners and their interpretations. Ultimately, it should matter very little to us what foreigners think of Greeks and Greek history. This is a matter for us.