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Constantinople/Istanbul Europe's Most Populous.

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    Posted: 21-Sep-2015 at 16:50
Is this generally realised?

For nearly a thousand years, the largest "Christian" city, & notwithstanding being sacked by "Latin"
Roman Catholic forces in the 3rd Crusade, Constantinople was the major European metropolis.

Often excluded in historical considerations of European development, & regarded as 'Asian' since 
the Ottoman conquest, never-the-less, Istanbul is today, the most populous city in Europe,
& by quite a margin, over London.

In fact, it is  often not realised that even  Sydney & Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities - are as big
as Paris & Berlin.


Edit: Corrected typo.


Edited by J.A.W. - 21-Sep-2015 at 17:21
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  Quote Centrix Vigilis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Sep-2015 at 17:16
Excellent question.

The general answer is no to all of yours above.
For a variety of reasons.

But the most basic is that history, per se, is not always taught as we would like it and or prefer it to be. Certainly from the historians perspective with a focus on 'objectivity'. Nationalism or previously Imperialism or in general nationalistic Sectarianism often confuses the question.

If not deliberately and directly obfuscates and distorts it.

It was and is a magnificent city. No matter it's change of name.

Edited by Centrix Vigilis - 21-Sep-2015 at 17:19
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  Quote Aeoli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Sep-2015 at 17:33
Originally posted by J.A.W.

Is this generally realised?

For nearly a thousand years, the largest "Christian" city, & notwithstanding being sacked by "Latin"
Roman Catholic forces in the 3rd Crusade, Constantinople was the major Eurpoean metropolis.

Often excluded in historical considerations of European development, & regarded as 'Asian' since 
the Ottoman conquest, never-the-less, Istanbul is today, the most populous city in Europe,
& by quite a margin, over London.

In fact, it is  often not realised that even  Sydney & Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities are as big
as Paris & Berlin.

It is true but also it has some special issue.  

Many Europe capitals have real small land instant of Istanbul. Berlin is an example.

Location within European Union and Germany

Istanbul 5,461 km2
Berlin 891.85 km2




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  Quote Centrix Vigilis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Sep-2015 at 17:37
Lol a man after my own heart... for Geography and its considerable factors, has always been the sister of History. And like her sister, not well studied, any better, in most cases, afaic.
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