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    DescriptionConnecting Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millennia the place where religions, economies, and political systems met, clashed, influenced and absorbed one another. In this brilliant and expansive book, David Abulafia offers a fresh perspective by focusing on the sea itself: its practical importance for transport and sustenance; its dynamic role in the rise and fall of empires; and the remarkable cast of characters-sailors, merchants, migrants, pirates, pilgrims-who have crossed and re-crossed it. Ranging from prehistory to the 21st century, The Great Sea is above all a history of human interaction. Interweaving major political and naval developments with the ebb and flow of trade, Abulafia explores how commercial competition in the Mediterranean created both rivalries and partnerships, with merchants acting as intermediaries between cultures, trading goods that were as exotic on one side of the sea as they were commonplace on the other. He stresses the remarkable ability of Mediterranean cultures to uphold the civilizing ideal of convivencia, "living together." Now available in paperback, The Great Sea is the definitive account of perhaps the most vibrant theater of human interaction in history.


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    Title
    The Great Sea
    Subtitle
    A Human History of the Mediterranean
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge David Abulafia
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 783
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 56 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199315994
    ISBN 10: 019931599X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DD
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DV
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: RBKC
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: WNCS1
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/WEUROP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    Ingram Theme: CULT/EEUROP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010010, HIS010000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010020, HIS037030
    B&T Approval Code: A15200300
    BISAC V2.8: NAT025000
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press, USA
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press, USA
    Publication date
    01 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University and the author of The Mediterranean in History.
    Review quote
    "This magnificent book ...is teeming with colourful characters. Over the course of nearly 800pp, we follow faiths; sail with fleets; trade with bankers, financiers and merchants; raid with pirates and observe battles and sieges; watch cities rise and fall and see peoples migrate in triumph and tragedy. But at its heart, this is a history of mankind - gripping, worldly, bloody, playful - that radiates scholarship and a sense of wonder and fun, using the Mediterranean as its medium, its watery road much travelled." -- Simon Sebag-Montefiore, Financial Times "This memorable study, its scholarship tinged with indulgent humour and an authorial eye for bizarre detail, celebrates the swirling changeability at the heart of that wonderful symbiosis of man and nature which once took place long Mediterranean shores" -- Jonathan Keates, The Sunday Telegraph "An Everest of a book, brocaded with studious observation and finely-tuned scholarship...the effect is mesmerising, as detail accumulates meticulously." -- Ian Thomson, The Independent "David Abulafia's marvellous history of the Mediterranean is an excellent corrective to oversimplified views of geopolitics." -- The Economist "New, highly impressive book...magisterial work..." -- Prospect "Engagingly written, precisely documented, and liberally studded with tales of the fantastic and absurd, the book has much to offer the casual reader and is indispensible for specialists in the region." -- Publishers Weekly "Abulafia writes in a popular style with an eye for interesting sidelights on history, such as the backdating of the Trojan War by Homer and Virgil, and quirky asides about modern Mediterranean culture...this comprehensive, scholarly study contains much food for thought." -- Kirkus "A comprehensive, fair-minded history." -- The National Interest "The Great Sea deserves a place on the shelf next to Braudel's classic work." -- Shelf Awareness