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    DescriptionThe Corrupting Sea is a history of the relationship between people and their environments in the Mediterranean region over some 3,000 years. It advocates a novel analysis of this relationship in terms of microecologies and the often extensive networks to which they belong. This is the first major work since Braudel's The Mediterranean to address the problems of studying the area as a whole and on a long time-scale. The authors emphasize the value of comparison between prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages. They draw on an exceptionally wide range of evidence - literary works, documents, archaeology, scientific reports and social anthropology. The themes addressed include past conceptions of the Mediterranean, its historiography, the history of primary production, the rhythms of exchange and communication, the pace of environmental and technological change, the geography of religion, and the contribution of Mediterranean social anthropology to an assessment of the region's unity. The book offers a provocative and innovative approach to the history of the Mediterranean, explaining what has made Mediterranean history distinctive.


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    Title
    The Corrupting Sea
    Subtitle
    A Study of Mediterranean History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peregrine Horden, By (author) Nicholas Purcell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 776
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 1,338 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780631218906
    ISBN 10: 0631218904
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEDITR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS016000, HIS002000
    DC22: 909.09822
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 909/.09822
    DC21: 930.09822
    BIC subject category V2: 1QSM
    LC classification: DE59 .H7 2000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHD, NHAH, NHC, NHDJ
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
    Publication date
    14 April 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Peregrine Horden is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London.Nicholas Purcell is Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, St John's College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. They began studying Mediterranean history when both were Fellows of All Souls College, Oxford.
    Review quote
    "The Corrupting Sea is a book that all classicists should read." Classical Review "In their book The Corrupting Sea, Horden and Purcell have engaged in one of the most relentless intellectual reassessments to have been undertaken in recent times of the history of the pre-industrial Mediterranean. One seldom emerges from a book as rich as this, having had so many firmly-held notions shaken out of one's mind and having glimpsed so many enthralling new vistas on a once-familiar past." Professor Peter Brown, Princeton University "To bring together the economic and social history of so many periods and places within the great story of the Mediterranean is a remarkable achievement and Peregrine Horden and Nicholas Purcell should be congratulated upon it." Professor Colin Renfrew, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge "In recreating the Mediterranean for the new millennium, the authors offer a substantial achievement that challenges many long-held assumptions not only about the Mediterranean, but also about human relations with the environment and even the very nature of historical writing. It certainly deserves to provoke discussion among scholars from fields as broad as its own grand scope." Times Higher Education Supplement "The Corrupting Sea is a book of magisterial synthesis and scholarship - a huge multi-disciplinary literature turned into a narrative that is at once comprehensive, enjoyable, quirky and thought-provoking." Antiquity "This book will be indispensable for the serious student of the Mediterranean past and present." CHOICE "This is an important book that presents a powerful and original model of Mediterranean history that will be used, debated, and criticized by historians of all periods for years to come." English Historical Review "Horden and Purcell's new Mediterranean panorama, which will take a generation of historians to digest and implement, forms one of those manifest watersheds in the study of antiquity." Journal of Roman Archaeology "This book amounts to an often fascinating, and unerringly useful, compendium." International History Review "Here a generation of ecological historians ... has led the way. Horden and Purcell have synthesized that literature, extended its reach into the Middle Ages, and made it accessible to the general medievalist." Speculum "This impressive work synthesizes a vast amount of historical, geographical, archaelogical, and ethnographic knowledge about the Mediterranean region." Historical Geography
    Back cover copy
    "The Corrupting Sea" is a history of the relationship between people and their environments in the Mediterranean region over some 3,000 years. It advocates a novel analysis of this relationship in terms of microecologies and the often extensive networks to which they belong. This is the first major work since Braudel's The Mediterranean to address the problems of studying the area as a whole and on a long time-scale. The authors emphasize the value of comparison between prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages. They draw on an exceptionally wide range of evidence - literary works, documents, archaeology, scientific reports and social anthropology.
    Table of contents
    Introduction. Acknowledgements. Note on References and Abbreviations. Lists of Illustrations. Part I: 'Frogs Round a Pond': Ideas of the Mediterranean: 1. A Geographical Expression. 2. A Historian's Mediterranean. Part II: 'Shory Distances and Definite Places": Mediterranean Microecologies: 3. Four Definite Places. 4. Ecology and the Larger Settlement. 5. Connectivity. Part III: Revolution and Catastrophe: 6. Imperatives of Survival: Diversify, Store, Redistribute. 7. Technology and Agrarian Change. 8. Mediterranean Catastrophes. 9. Mobility of Goods and People. Part IV: The Geography of Religion: 10.'Territories of Grace'. Part V: 'Museums of Man': The Uses of Social Anthropology: 11.'Mists of Time': Anthropology and Continuity. 12.'I also Have a Moustache' : Anthropology and Mediterranean Unity. Bibliographical Essays. Consolidated Bibliography. Index.