I only spent three days in Thessaloniki and in those we hardly left the waterfront area so I think it is obvious I can't claim to understand the city at all. But here are a few glances to a city with a rich, multi-national history. Muslims, Jews, and Christians all lived here for generations. It has been influenced by the Balkans and by Turkey and only became part of Greece in 1912. Mark Mazower's Salonica: City of Ghosts is a fine introduction to the compex history of this city.