The Mediterranean in History

The Mediterranean in History Contained in this history of the Great Sea are the stories of the birth of Western Civilization the clash of warring faiths and the rivalries of empires David Abulafia leads a team of eight distingu

  • Title: The Mediterranean in History
  • Author: David Abulafia
  • ISBN: 9780892367252
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Contained in this history of the Great Sea are the stories of the birth of Western Civilization, the clash of warring faiths, and the rivalries of empires David Abulafia leads a team of eight distinguished historians in an exploration of the great facts, themes and epochs of this region s history the physical setting the rivalry between Carthaginians, Greeks, and EtruContained in this history of the Great Sea are the stories of the birth of Western Civilization, the clash of warring faiths, and the rivalries of empires David Abulafia leads a team of eight distinguished historians in an exploration of the great facts, themes and epochs of this region s history the physical setting the rivalry between Carthaginians, Greeks, and Etruscans for control of the sea routes unification under Rome and the subsequent break up into Western Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam the Crusades commerce in medieval times the Ottoman resurgence the rivalry of European powers from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries and the globalization of the region in the last century The book departs from the traditional view of Mediterranean history, which placed emphasis on the overwhelming influences of physical geography on the molding of the region s civilizations Instead, this new interpretation regards that physical context as a staging ground for decisive action, and at center stage are human catalysts at all levels of society whether great kings and emperors, the sailors of medieval Amalfi, or the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492 The authors do than simply catalogue the societies that developed in the region, but also describe how these groups interacted with one another across the sea, enjoying commercial and political ties as well as sharing ideas and religious beliefs This richly illustrated book offers contemporary historical writing at its best and is sure to engage specialists, students, and general readers alike.

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    1. Strange book, hard to tell who the audience is. Gorgeous production and the art is carefully sequenced to match the text but that text is so unenlightening as to discourage any casual reader. Sample:This is not the place to examine the substantial historiography of the Sea Peoples since de Rougé started using the term in 1867, nor to retrace the discussion over each of these Sea Peoples, their origin or their later destiny. It is enough to mention that the linking of the Sherden to Sardinia, th [...]

    2. Edited articles from various historians about the role the Mediterrean played in history. Difficult to cover 3000 years in 300 pages except in broad themes which this book does nicely. Readibility of the authors varies but the chapters are nicely tied together by the editor. Learned some things, nothing earthshaking, but put the Mediterrean in context.

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