The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World


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A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of the sea—revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human. The Sea and Civilization is a mesmerizing, rhapsodic narrative of maritime enterprise, from the origins of long-distance migration to the great seafaring cultures of antiquity; from Song Dynasty human-powered paddle-boats to aircraft carriers and container ships. Lincoln Paine takes the reader on an intellectual adventure casting the world in a new light, in which the sea reigns supreme. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be linked to the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history.

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ISBN-13: 9781101970355
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 265,395
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Lincoln Paine is the author of five books and more than fifty articles, reviews, and lectures on various aspects of maritime history. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Allison.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations xi

Maps xv

Acknowledgments xxxiii

A Note on Measures xxxvi

Introduction 3

1 Taking to the Water 11

2 The River and Seas of Ancient Egypt 36

3 Bronze Age Seafaring 57

4 Phoenicians, Greeks, and the Mediterranean 79

5 Carthage, Rome, and the Mediterranean 107

6 Chasing the Monsoons 137

7 Continent and Archipelagoes in the East 167

8 The Christian and Muslim Mediterranean 198

9 Northern Europe Through the Viking Age 229

10 The Silk Road of the Seas 262

11 China Looks Seaward 291

12 The Medieval Mediterranean and Europe 316

13 The Golden Age of Maritime Asia 346

14 The World Encompassed 376

15 The Birth of Global Trade 406

16 State and Sea in the Age of European Expansion 440

17 Northern Europe Ascendant 473

18 "Annihilation of Space and Time" 508

19 Naval Power in Steam and Steel 546

20 The Maritime World Since the 1950s 582

Notes 601

Bibliography 661

Index 707

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