Geography, Technology, and War: Studies in the Maritime History of the Mediterranean, 649-1571

Geography, Technology, and War: Studies in the Maritime History of the Mediterranean, 649-1571

by John H. Pryor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521428920

ISBN-13: 9780521428927

Pub. Date: 05/28/1992

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

When maritime transport and communication depended on muscle and wind-power, the Mediterranean Sea functioned as a symbiotic force between the civilisations which surrounded it, at once the major dividing barrier and the major connecting element. In this study, the technological limitations of maritime traffic are considered in conjunction with the peculiar

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When maritime transport and communication depended on muscle and wind-power, the Mediterranean Sea functioned as a symbiotic force between the civilisations which surrounded it, at once the major dividing barrier and the major connecting element. In this study, the technological limitations of maritime traffic are considered in conjunction with the peculiar geographical conditions within which it operated, and which led to the establishment of major sea lanes on trunk routes along which traffic could move safely, efficiently, and economically. These trunk routes remained virtually unchanged from antiquity to the sixteenth century, and eventually constituted economic and strategic maritime frontiers between civilisations. At the same time, the technological limitations of the oared galley meant that coasts and islands along the trunk routes had also to be held, a necessity which favoured geographically the Christian West over the world of Byzantium and Islam.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521428927
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1992
Series:
Past and Present Publications Series
Edition description:
1st paperback ed
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The sea; 2. The ships; 3. Navigation: the routes and their implications; 4. The ninth and tenth centuries: Islam, Byzantium, and the West; 5. The twelfth and thirteenth centuries: the Crusader states; 6. Maritime traffic: the guerre de cours; 7. The Turks; 8. Epilogue: the Barbary corsairs; 9. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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