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The Mediterranean in History
     

The Mediterranean in History

by David Abulafia
 

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ISBN-10: 0892367253

ISBN-13: 9780892367252

Pub. Date: 08/25/2003

Publisher: Getty Publications

For over four thousand years the Mediterranean was the center of Western civilization. Geographically, it is a world in miniature, an inland sea whose shores encompass every type of terrain and climate -- barren deserts, fertile plains, snow-capped mountains, peninsulas, islands, and separate minor seas with distinct characters of their own. Historically, it has been

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For over four thousand years the Mediterranean was the center of Western civilization. Geographically, it is a world in miniature, an inland sea whose shores encompass every type of terrain and climate -- barren deserts, fertile plains, snow-capped mountains, peninsulas, islands, and separate minor seas with distinct characters of their own. Historically, it has been the meeting place of the cultures of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the battleground of races and nations, and the focus of three great religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The distinguished Mediterranean scholar David Abulafia has brought together a team of eight leading specialists from many countries to tell this enthralling and complex story as a connected narrative: from a description of the physical setting, the prehistoric traders, and the struggle between Phoenicians, Greeks, and Etruscans ending in Roman victory, to a discussion of the post-Roman nations, the Christian powers in the north, the Islamic powers in the south, the domination by England and France, and, finally, the twentieth century, divided between war and mass tourism. This richly illustrated book offers contemporary historical writing at its best and will engage specialists, students, and general readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892367252
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
08/25/2003
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.63(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface9
Introduction: What is the Mediterranean?11
1The physical setting33
2The first trading empires: prehistory to c.1000 BC67
3The battle for the sea routes: 1000--300 BC99
4The creation of Mare Nostrum: 300 BC--500 AD127
5The Mediterranean breaks up: 500--1000155
6A Christian Mediterranean: 1000--1500183
7Resurgent Islam: 1500--1700219
8The Mediterranean as a battleground of the European powers: 1700--1900251
9A globalized Mediterranean: 1900--2000283
Further reading313
Sources of illustrations317
Index319

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