Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

The city of Thessaloniki (formerly Thessalonica) always struck me as one of the ultimate urban runners up in history. It became the most important city in Macedonia…right before the Romans showed up. It became an important Roman city…because it was a way point on the main route from Rome to Byzantium. When the Roman Empire… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

Today in Mediterranean history: the Battle of Preveza (1538)

Derek is taking a sick day today, I’m afraid. I’ll be back Sunday for our usual updates. For now here’s another “this day in history” piece, this one on the 1538 Battle of Preveza and the Ottomans’ victory over one of the many Holy Leagues formed to counter it. Thanks for reading! September 28 is… Continue reading Today in Mediterranean history: the Battle of Preveza (1538)

Today in European history: the Siege of Candia (finally) ends (1669)

The Ottoman Empire in the 17th century is a land of many contrasts. I know that sounds like the opening to a bad high school essay, but it’s not wrong. The 17th century ended with the Ottomans signing the first disadvantageous treaty they’d ever signed, and while reports of Ottoman decline in this period are… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Candia (finally) ends (1669)

Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

attwiw is still on hiatus until next week, so Easter and Passover greetings to anyone celebrating either holiday this weekend! The city of Thessaloniki (formerly Thessalonica) always struck me as the urban equivalent of the line “always a bridesmaid, but never a bride” (Hare Trimmed was a comedy classic, don’t @ me). It became the… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

Today in Mediterranean history: the Battle of Preveza (1538)

September 28 is actually the anniversary of a couple of notable dates in Middle East history. For example, if you’re a fan of lost causes, it’s the date in 1995 when Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo II accord, which was supposed to provide for Palestinian autonomy leading to future (HA!) talks on… Continue reading Today in Mediterranean history: the Battle of Preveza (1538)

Today in European history: the Siege of Candia ends (1669)

I’m not going to be around to write an update today, but I think many of you will approve of my excuse. Anyway, to tide you over here’s my look at the 21+ (!) year long 17th centuy Siege of Candia, wherein the Ottomans took the island of Crete from Venice. The Ottoman Empire in… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Candia ends (1669)

Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

The city of Thessaloniki always struck me as the urban equivalent of the line “always a bridesmaid, but never a bride” (Hare Trimmed was a comedy classic, don’t @ me). It became the most important city in Macedonia…right before the Romans showed up. It’s the second-largest city in Greece. It became an important Roman city…because… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)