This course is a must for anyone planning to visit Istanbul or who wants to better understand the history of this fascinating city. The history is so complicated, but Thomas broke it into pieces that were interesting and easy to comprehend and follow without being overwhelming. He clearly enjoys his topic and is extremely knowledgeable. I loved that he had his own photos to add to the story.
Dr M is a very learned and knowledge man. I have been to Istanbul a number of times and read and traveled Turkey. Much of the course was review for me but it helped me remember what I had forgotten!! Sometimes it was a tad redundant and disjointed but on the whole it was a worthwhile study.
I liked Dr M’s enthusiasm and love of Turkey. Thank you Dr and context tours for these wonderful studies. NK
An excellent, if too short, overview of Istanbul from its foundations to the height of the Ottoman Empire. Lots of details and anecdotes with frequent visits to sites as they exist now.