The Black Sea: A History

Paperback | July 31, 2005

byCharles King

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The lands surrounding the Black Sea share a colourful past. Though in recent decades they have experienced ethnic conflict, economic collapse, and interstate rivalry, their common heritage and common interests go deep. Now, as a region at the meeting point of the Balkans, Central Asia, and theMiddle East, the Black Sea is more important than ever. In this lively and entertaining book, which is based on extensive research in multiple languages, Charles King investigates the myriad connections that have made the Black Sea more of a bridge than a boundary, linking religious communities,linguistic groups, empires, and later, nations and states.

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The lands surrounding the Black Sea share a colourful past. Though in recent decades they have experienced ethnic conflict, economic collapse, and interstate rivalry, their common heritage and common interests go deep. Now, as a region at the meeting point of the Balkans, Central Asia, and theMiddle East, the Black Sea is more importan...

Charles King is at Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government, and Ion Ratiu Chair of Romanian Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C..

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:July 31, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019928394X

ISBN - 13:9780199283941

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Table of Contents

1. An Archaeology of PlacePeople and WaterRegion, Frontier, NationBeginningsGeography and Ecology2. Pontus Euxinus, 700BC - AD400The Edge of the World"Frogs Around a Pond""A Community of Race"How a Scythian Saved CivilizationThe Voyage of Argo"More Barbarous Than Ourselves"Pontus and RomeDacia TraianaThe Expedition of Flavius ArrianusThe Prophet of Abonoteichus3. Mare Maggiore, 400 - 1460"The Scythian Nations Are One"Sea-FireKhazars, Rhos, Bulgars, and TurksBusiness in GazariaPax MongolicaThe Ship from CaffaEmpire of the ComneniTurchiaAn Ambassador from the East4. Kara Deniz, 1500 - 1700"The Source of All the Seas""To Constantinople - to be sold!"Domn, Khan, and DerebeySailors' GraffitiA Navy of Seagulls5. Chernoe More, 1700 - 1860Sea and SteppeA Flotilla on AzovCleopatra Processes SouthThe Flight of the KalmoucksA Season in KhersonRear Admiral DzhonsNew RussiaFever, Ague, and LazarettoA Consul in TrabzonCrimea6. Black Sea, 1860 - 1990Empires, States, and TreatiesSteam, Wheat, Rail, and Oil"An Ignoble Army of Scribbling Visitors"Trouble on the Kostence LineThe Unpeopling"The Division of the Waters"Knowing the SeaThe PrometheansDevelopment and Decline7. Facing the WarBibliography

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`In this admirable book Professor King gives a cool authoritative and discerning description of the Black Sea...he writes with clarity, humour and perception, enlivens his text with much unfamiliar detail,a nd in a masterly survey covers the entire history of the region from Antiquity to thepresent day.'Geoffrey Scammell, Pembroke College, Cambridge