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The Future of the Past 1912-2012 (parallel text, Greek and English)

By Leon A Nar Photographs by Yiorgis Yerolympos

Paperback, 168 pages £30.00
Published: 2011
ISBN: 9789606878473
Format: 274mm x 245mm
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Subjects: Cultural and Social Studies, History

Distributed by University of Exeter Press. 150 colour photographs.

An anniversary album published to celebrate the centenary of Thessaloniki’s annexation to the Greek state. Magnificent photographs capture the city’s cosmopolitan character and enhance aspects of the contemporary western megalopolis. Th e text and lavish illustrations bring memory to life and highlight the momentous changes Thessaloniki has undergone in the course of the last one hundred years.

Th e book conveys the nuances of the city’s Byzantine heritage, enhancing aspects of this contemporary western megalopolis. Looking from a fresh viewpoint at the city’s universe, the authors attempt a synthesis of Thessaloniki’s many facets, its public image and its urban culture, in the framework of the last century.  They take into account historical, sociological, and architectural aspects and explore the social human geography of Thessaloniki, conveying a sense of the culture of the everyday.


Πρόλογος / Preface

Η πυρκαγιά σιγοκαίει ακόμη / The fire is still smouldering

Οι πρόσφυγες, η αστική μεταμόρφωση και ο Μάης του ’36 / The Asia Minor refugees, the urban transformation and the May of 1936

Η γερμανική κατοχή και η εξόντωση της ισραηλιτικής κοινότητας / The German occupation and the extermination of the Jewish community

Η Διεθνής Έκθεση και το Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο / The International Trade Fair and the Aristotle University

Η Άνω πόλη και ο Λευκός Πύργος / The Upper City and the White Tower

Η απελευθέρωση, η ανάπτυξη και η πολεοδομική παρακμή / Liberation, development and urban decline

Ο σεισμός του ‘78, τα αθλητικά ξεσπάσματα και οι νυχτερινές περιπλανήσεις / The 1978 earthquake, athletic outbursts and nocturnal wanderings

Η παρακμή του ιστορικού κέντρου και η επέκταση της πόλης / The decline of the historical centre and the expansion of the city

Η πολιτιστική πρωτεύουσα της Ευρώπης (1997) – Η Δυτική Θεσσαλονίκη / European City of Culture (1997) – The Western Thessaloniki

H σύγχρονη προοπτική / Contemporary prospect

Επίλογος / Epilogue

Επιλογή βιβλιογραφίας / Selected bibliography

Author: Leon A. Nar studied Classics and received a doctorate in Modern Greek Philology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Other books inlcude: I the grandson of a Greek, the Thessaloniki of Nicola Sarkozy (in collaboration with Giorgos Anastasiadis and Christos Raptis), 25 Years of Ianos and Joseph Eliya, Complete Works. He has also written for the newspaper Macedonia on Sunday and currently teaches Greek at Anatolia College, Thessaloniki.

Photographer: Yiorgos Yerolymbos Architect and Photographer who has studied in Greece, France and Great Britain. Holds a doctorate in Art and Design from the University of Derby, U.K.. His work has been presented in collective and solo exhibitions in Greece and abroad, and published in a number of books on Art and Architecture. He currently teaches in the Department of Architects-Engineers of the University of Thessaly.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 168 pages
 274mm x 245mm
151 colour Illus.

BIC Code:
  HIS010000, HIS037070
 Kapon Editions


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