Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 B.C.-A.D. 1000

Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 B.C.-A.D. 1000

by Barry Cunliffe
     
 

In this magnificent book, distinguished archaeologist Barry Cunliffe reframes our entire conception of early European history, from prehistory through the ancient world to the medieval Viking period. Cunliffe views Europe not in terms of states and shifting political land boundaries but as a geographical niche particularly favored in facing many seas. These seas,

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In this magnificent book, distinguished archaeologist Barry Cunliffe reframes our entire conception of early European history, from prehistory through the ancient world to the medieval Viking period. Cunliffe views Europe not in terms of states and shifting political land boundaries but as a geographical niche particularly favored in facing many seas. These seas, and Europe’s great transpeninsular rivers, ensured a rich diversity of natural resources while also encouraging the dynamic interaction of peoples across networks of communication and exchange. The development of these early Europeans is rooted in complex interplays, shifting balances, and geographic and demographic fluidity.

Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, and history, Cunliffe has produced an interdisciplinary tour de force. His is a bold book of exceptional scholarship, erudite and engaging, and it heralds an entirely new understanding of Old Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300119237
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author


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. He lives in Oxford, UK.

Table of Contents

1 Ways of Seeing: Space, Time and People 1

2 The Land between the Oceans 31

3 Food for the Gathering 62

4 The First Farmers: From the Fertile Crescent to the Danube Valley: 7500-5000 BC 88

5 Assimilation in the Maritime Regions: 6000-3800 BC 113

6 Europe in Her Infinite Variety: c.4500-2800 BC 140

7 Taking to the Sea - Crossing the Peninsula: 2800-1300 BC 179

8 Emerging Eurozones: 1300-800 BC 229

9 The Three Hundred Years That Changed the World: 800-500 BC 270

10 States in Collision: 500-140 BC 317

11 The Interlude of Empire: 140 BC-AD 300 364

12 The Turn of the Tide: AD 300-800 407

11 Europe Rebalanced: A D 800-1000 445

14 The Longue Duree 475

Further Reading 481

Index 501

Sources of Illustrations 517

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