Facing the Ocean

Facing the Ocean : The Atlantic and Its Peoples, 8000 BC to AD 1500

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This work focuses on the western rim of Europe - the Atlantic facade - an area stretching from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Isles of Shetland. We are shown how original and inventive the communities were, and how they maintained their own distinctive identities - often over long spans. From the hunter-gatherers, c8000 BC, to the voyages of discovery c1500 AD, the author uses the latter half of this millennium as a well-studied test case to help the reader better understand what went before. The illustrations show how this picturesque part of Europe has many striking physical similarities. Old hard rocks confront the ocean creating promontories and capes familiar to sailors throughout the millennia.show more

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  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • colour and halftone illustrations
  • 0192853546
  • 9780192853547

Table of contents

Perceptions of the Ocean; Between Land and Sea; Ships and Sailors; The Emergence of an Atlantic Identity - 8000-4000 BC; Ancestors and Ritual Landscapes; Expanding Networks and the Rise of the Individual - 2700-1200 BC; Sailors on the Two Oceans; Restating Identity - 1200-200 BC; The Impact of Rome - 200 BC-AD 200; Migrants and Settlers in the Early Middle Ages - AD 200-800; The Coming of the Northmen; New Centres, New Peripheries - AD 1000-1500; The Longue Duree.show more