The Mediterranean in History

The Mediterranean in History

by David Abulafia
     
 

ISBN-10: 1606060570

ISBN-13: 9781606060575

Pub. Date: 03/01/2011

Publisher: Getty Publications

In this richly illustrated volume, eight distinguished historians explore the facts, themes, and epochs of the history of the “Great Sea”: the physical setting; the rivalry between Carthaginians, Greeks, and Etruscans for control of sea routes; unification under Rome and the subsequent break up into Western Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam; the

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In this richly illustrated volume, eight distinguished historians explore the facts, themes, and epochs of the history of the “Great Sea”: the physical setting; the rivalry between Carthaginians, Greeks, and Etruscans for control of sea routes; unification under Rome and the subsequent break up into Western Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam; the Crusades; commerce in medieval times; the Ottoman resurgence; the rivalry of European powers from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries; and the globalization of the region in the last century.

The book departs from the traditional view of Mediterranean history with its emphasis on the influences of physical geography. Instead it regards physical context as a staging ground for decisive action with, at center stage, human catalysts at all levels of society—from great kings and emperors to the sailors of medieval Amalfi to the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. The authors describe how these groups interacted with one another across the sea, enjoying commercial and political ties as well as sharing ideas and religious beliefs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606060575
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
723,601
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface9
Introduction: What is the Mediterranean?11
1The physical setting33
2The first trading empires: prehistory to c.1000 B.C.67
3The battle for the sea routes: 1000-300 B.C.99
4The creation of Mare Nostrum: 300 B.C.-500 A.D.127
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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