Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC to AD 1000

Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC to AD 1000


By (author) Barry Cunliffe

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 193mm x 254mm x 33mm | 1,887g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300119232
  • ISBN 13: 9780300119237
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 170 b&w illustrations + 80 colour images
  • Sales rank: 157,957

Product description

Europe is, in world terms, a relatively minor peninsula attached to the Eurasian land mass, yet it became one of the most innovative regions on the planet, bearing restless adventurers who traversed the globe to trade and often to settle. By the fifteenth century Europe was a driving world force, but the origins of its success have until now remained obscured in prehistory.In this magnificent book, the distinguished archaeologist Barry Cunliffe sees Europe not in terms of states and shifting land boundaries, but as a geographical niche particularly favoured in facing many seas. These and the great transpeninsular rivers ensured a rich diversity of natural resources, and encouraged the interaction of dynamic peoples across networks of communication and exchange. The development of these early Europeans is rooted in complex interplays, shifting balances, geographic and demographic fluidity.Weaving together titanic concepts while remaining sensitive to the specific incidence, this is a tour de force. A bold book of exceptional scholarship and an erudite and engaging narrative, "Europe Between the Oceans" heralds an entirely new understanding of Old Europe.

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Author information

Barry Cunliffe is one of the most important and distinguished archaeologists in Europe. He is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, and is the author of over fifteen books.

Review quote

"Cunliffe has written an extraordinary book, which is the culmination of a lifetime's research and thinking about early European history. This is archaeology that truly is history, a definitive account of early Europe from its beginnings to medieval times that draws effortlessly on a myriad of sources. Archaeologists, general readers, and historians alike will delight in this historical tapestry."--Brian Fagan, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of "The Long Summer" --Brian Fagan