The Basque History of the World

The Basque History of the World

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By (author) Mark Kurlansky

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 32mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099284138
  • ISBN 13: 9780099284130
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 72,647

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The Basques are Europe's oldest people, their origins a mystery, their language related to no other on Earth, and even though few in population and from a remote and rugged corner of Spain and France, they have had a profound impact on the world. Whilst inward-looking, preserving their ancient language and customs, the Basques also struck out for new horizons, pioneers of whaling and cod fishing, leading the way in exploration of the Americas and Asia, were among the first capitalists and later led Southern Europe's industrial revolution. Mark Kurlansky, the author of the acclaimed Cod, blends human stories with economic, political, literary and culinary history to paint a fascinating picture of an intriguing people.

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Mark Kurlansky is the author of several bestselling non-fiction titles including Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (winner of the Glenfiddich Best Food Book Award), The Basque History of the World, Salt: A World History, 1968: The Year that Rocked the World, a short story collection The White Man in the Tree and a novel, Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue.

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The Basques are Europe's oldest people, their origins a mystery, their language related to no other on Earth, and even though few in population and from a remote and rugged corner of Spain and France, they have had a profound impact on the world. Whilst inward-looking, preserving their ancient language and customs, the Basques also struck out for new horizons, pioneers of whaling and cod fishing, leading the way in exploration of the Americas and Asia, were among the first capitalists and later led Southern Europe's industrial revolution. Mark Kurlansky, the author of the acclaimed Cod, blends human stories with economic, political, literary and culinary history to paint a fascinating picture of an intriguing people.

Editorial reviews

The award-winning author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World takes an equally unconventional and engaging approach to those curmudgeonly nationalists, the Basques. True, this history ploughs a more or less linear furrow, from the uncertain origins of its subject - whom many consider the first inhabitants of Europe - through fluctuating fortunes with the Moors and the French - to the horrors of civil war and the rise of Euzkadi ta Askatsuna (ETA). But each chapter also addresses a particular facet of Basque culture - whether it be their passion for salt cod, whale meat and baby eels, the origins of their distinctive berets, or the evolution of their unique (and inpenetrable) language, accompanied by mouthwatering recipes reflecting the glorious tradition of Basque cuisine. Proof - if proof were needed - that learning about history can be fun. (Kirkus UK)