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    DescriptionBlack Sea is at once a homage to an ocean and its shores and an amazingly readable meditation on Eurasian history from the earliest times to the present. It evokes the culture, history and politics of the volatile region which surrounds the Black Sea. Ascherson recalls the world of Herodotus and Aeschylus; Ovid's place of exile on what is now the coast of Romania; the decline and fall of Byzantium; the mysterious fastness of the Chrisian Goths; the Tatar Khanates; the growth of Russian power across the grasslands, and the centuries of war between Ottoman and Russian Empires around the Black Sea; and in our own century the terrors of Stalinism and its fascist enemy, striving for mastery of these endlessly colourful and complex shores. This is a story of Greeks, Scythians, Samatians, Huns, Goths, Turks, Russian and Poles. This is the sea where Europe ended. It is the place where 'barbarism' was born.

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    The Black Sea
    The Birthplace of Civilisation and Barbarism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Neal Ascherson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 229 g
    ISBN 13: 9780099520467
    ISBN 10: 009952046X

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000, HIS010000, TRV000000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSK
    DC22: 909.096389
    BIC subject category V2: 1QSK
    Thema V1.0: WT, NHB, NHD
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    13 November 2007
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    Neal Ascherson was born in Edinburgh. He reported from Asia, Africa and Central Europe for the Observer, where he later began a celebrated weekly column in the Independent on Sunday. Journalist of the year in 1986, Ascherson's books include Games with Shadows, The Polish August and The King Incorporated. Black Sea was joint winner of the 1995 Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award.
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    "Every page is freighted with rich and fascinating detail" Independent "A brilliant biography of place. The complex social, ethnic and extraordinary ecological histories of this region - combined with vivid anecdotes and encounters - provide the background for stimulating reflections" Guardian "Must certainly be among the year's most memorable non-fiction books" Financial Times "A scholarly desktop travel through lost worlds" The Times "A genuinely compelling book: erudite, original, beautifully written" -- Anne Applebaum Literary Review