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Evenings with an Author: Philip Mansel, Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria's Great Merchant City
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 19:30

Location : The American Library in Paris

Category : Adults

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Philip Mansel presents his book Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria's Great Merchant City. At a time when its primary association in the public consciousness is war, tragedy, and terror, Mansel looks at the city's illustrious history going back millenia, giving us an understanding of it well beyond the strife of recent years.


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About the author


Philip Mansel is a historian of France and the Middle East, specialising in courts and cities. His books include lives of Louis XVIII(1981)  and the Prince de Ligne (2003), a history of the court of Napoleon, The Eagle in Splendour (reprinted 2015); a history of Paris between 1814 and 1852 , Paris between Empires (2001); and a  history of Istanbul under the Ottomans, Constantinople City of the World’s Desire (1995). He is a founder of the Society of Court Studies ( and the Levantine Heritage Foundation  ( His recent books include a history of modern Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut, Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean (2010), and a short history of Aleppo, with travellers’ accounts, Aleppo, the Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City (2016). Philp Mansel has lived in Paris, Istanbul and Beirut, and currently lives in London.  He is currently completing a life of Louis XIV. His books have been translated into Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Spanish, Italian and French. He writes for The Art Newspaper, The Spectator, and the Literary Review, and in 2012 won the London Library Life in Literature award.