The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean

The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean

by David Abulafia

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ISBN-13: 9780199315994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 469,094
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.40(d)

About the Author

David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University and the author of The Mediterranean in History.

Table of Contents

Part 1: THE FIRST MEDITERRANEAN
1: Isolation and insulation: island communities before metal
2: Copper and Bronze
3: Merchants and Heroes
4: Sea Peoples and Land Peoples

Part 2: THE SECOND MEDITERRANEAN
1: The purple traders
2: The heirs of Odysseus
3: The triumph of the Tyrrhenians
4: Towards the Garden of the Hesperides
5: Thalassocracies
6: The Lighthouse of the Mediterranean
7: 'Carthage must be destroyed'
8: 'Our Sea'
9: Old and new faiths
10: Dis-Integration

Part 3: THE THIRD MEDITERRANEAN
1: Mediterranean troughs
2: Crossing the Boundaries
3: The great sea-change
4: 'The profit that God shall give'
5: Ways across the Sea
6: The fall and rise of empires
7: Merchants, mercenaries and missionaries
8: Serrata - Closing

Part 4: THE FOURTH MEDITERRANEAN
1. Would-be Roman emperors
2. Transformations in the West
3: Holy Leagues and unholy alliances
4: Akdeniz - the battle for the White Sea
5: Interlopers in the Mediterranean
6: Diasporas in despair
7: Encouragement to others
8: Views through the Russian prism
9: Deys, beys and bashaws

Part 5: THE FIFTH MEDITERRANEAN
1: Ever the twain shall meet
2: The Greek and the unGreek
3: Ottoman exit
4: A tale of four and a half cities
5: Mare Nostrum - again
6: A fragmented Mediterranean
7: The Last Mediterranean
Appendix: The physical Mediterranean

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The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Volpe More than 1 year ago
I am thoroughly enjoying The Great Sea. It is quite comprehensive and readable with a couple of limitations. It is necessary to have a good historical atlas at the ready to constantly look up the places cited and the political entities mentioned. Abulafia's book needs more maps and a reader's guide to the various evolving tribes, kingdoms, alliances, etc. to make it more readable for a reader without a strong background in history. I highly recommend this book to all those interested in our past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the single most informative and comprehensive book on a history subject I have read in years. It is difficult to put into context the various ways that civilizations across the Mediterranean interacted with each other; expanded (or not) and grew their wealth and culture (or not) without knowledge of how they were able to use the sea. This book does a nice job of exploring the region over thousands of years and through myriad changes in the balance of power, trade and religion...themes that have special relevance today and into the future. The changes shaking the region today are echoes of similar episodes over the millennia which the author lays out in a matter of fact yet interesting way. My only suggestion is for better maps, or none at all. The included diagrams are used over and again and do not add much to the mix. More detailed maps indicating the extent of each culture/civilization along the shores and islands would be an easy addition and enormously helpful. This must have been a tough task to write such a complete book and stay focused on the Sea itself and not get seriously sidetracked with so much history in the region. Outstanding read overall.
cheezdoggie on LibraryThing 1 hours ago
A well written account of the empires, cities, religions, and individuals that have influenced the great sea. Even though it was somewhat difficult keeping track of who invaded what, where and when, I must commend the author on his engaging writing style and his obvious knowledge on the history of the Mediterranean. *I found out about this book from the Economist Magazine's list of 2011 books of the year.
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I think I am going to throw this peice of crap away and buy an IPAD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book sucks