The Great Sea

Paperback | June 26, 2012

byDavid Abulafia

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For over three thousand years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of civilization. David Abulafia's The Great Sea is the first complete history of the Mediterranean, from the erection of temples on Malta around 3500 BC to modern tourism. Ranging across time and the whole extraordinary space of the Mediterranean from Gibraltar to Jaffa, Genoa to Tunis, and bringing to life pilgrims, pirates, sultans and naval commanders, this is the story of the sea that has shaped much of world history.

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For over three thousand years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of civilization. David Abulafia's The Great Sea is the first complete history of the Mediterranean, from the erection of temples on Malta around 3500 BC to modern tourism. Ranging across time and the whole extraordinary space of the Mediterranean fro...

David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, and was until recently Chairman of the Cambridge History Faculty. His previous books include Frederick II and The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, and in 2003 was made ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:816 pages, 8.47 × 5.3 × 1.51 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014102755X

ISBN - 13:9780141027555

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Tremendous Accomplishment In almost 700 pages of text, the author has recounted the history of the Mediterranean Sea from the earliest times to the twenty-first century. As indicated in the book’s subtitle, this is really a history of human activity throughout the ages. The topics include migration, conflicts, trade, economics, politics and much more. Depending on a given reader’s particular interests, some sections of the book can be absolutely gripping, other sections can be interesting to varying degrees and, inevitably, certain section can be rather, well, boring. This was certainly my experience. The author’s many discussions include some about communities, tribes, groups, religious sects, etc., that I had never heard of before. Consequently, although I was occasionally confused while trying to keep track of all of these “strange” names, I did learned quite a bit. The writing style is scholarly, accessible, clear and often quite detailed. Although this tome has at least something for just about every type of history enthusiast, those who, I believe, will enjoy the book the most are those with a passion for the Mediterranean Sea, its peoples and its history throughout the ages.
Date published: 2012-10-19