The Great Sea by David Abulafia – review. David Abulafia’s history of the Mediterranean takes in ancient empires and modern tourists. For over three thousand years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of civilization. David Abulafia’s The Great Sea is the first complete. The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean is an award-winning book by the British historian David Abulafia. First published in , it is a history of.

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I mean, trade networks throughout the eastern Mediterranean, and then they started falling silent one by one. The author’s inte I found “The Abularia Sea” to be an extremely enjoyable and informative book.

Jun 07, Grof rated it liked it. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Mare Nostrum – again 6: Each section is amazing in its breadth and not only includes information from the most recent archeological finds, but also details how these finds relate to each other, to other lands and peoples around the Mediterranean, and to the past and possible future of the Sea. It seems to me that this so much classist tripe that is a manufactured nostalgia of second generation post-exiles of westernized, wealthy elites, but what do I know?

The whole medieval section is abulafiw up by Italian trading cities, and most of the narrative is told from the point of view of Europeans. I read this book at the same time as the newer book “The Silk Roads” from Ses and compared them. Why would an articulate historian write such a well-researched book that summarises s of years of history, without having an overarching theme gret be supported by all that effort?

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Attempts to guts Braudel’s thesis and comes close to achieving it. Interlopers in the Mediterranean 6: David Abulafia is professor of Mediterranean history at Cambridge and in this book he sets out the presence of the people who have lived around the Mediterranean from around BC to AD. Abulafia exhibits the command and discipline required to reign in his history, event though even after the reigning in, it is still a sprawling beast of a book. The merchants carry essentials such as grain and salt, but they also carry ideas, plagues and religions across the sea.

Serrata – Closing Part 4: The pre-modern world was more modern than we often think. Wenamum, an emissary from Karnak in Pharaonic Egypt, cBC, noted that the chief of Byblos, where he had gone to pick up timber, told him to “get out of my harbour!

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Dvaid the twain shall meet 2: Send them stiff letters? This is your must-take holiday read for the summer. Petain’s Jewish Children Daniel Lee. Professor David Abulafia, one abulsfia the most respected and established historians of the Mediterranean world in the Middle Ages, concludes this hefty volume with the claim that “[the Mediterranean Sea] has played a role in the history of human civilization that has far surpassed any other expanse of sea”.


Crossing the Boundaries 3: I found it fascinating that long-distance travel in ancient times, did not seem to been such davud ordeal as I have previously imagined. The book might be more entertaining in later periods when it is based on written history rather than archeology, but I have lost confidence in the authors treat to entertain ,and life is just too short to force myself thr The first 80 pages has been a chore to read. The Phoenicians spread the alphabet across the Mediterranean: The Corsicans were granted their own flag, carrying a moor’s head alongside the royal arms, as well as a motto: Once the Mediterranean region was established well, the author might then proceed to the flow of history but keep drawing our attention to the ways in which the unique features of the Mediterranean which is in fact pretty unique impacts things.

Not for him a Marxist view of the Mediterranean, the tale of women on that sea is summed up in a paragraph at the end, tne basically says – here’s a couple of examples – someone else can go and write that book. It doesn’t mean anything to me, as a modern reader, whether Genoa or Carthage is ascendant at a given moment in the ‘s or what. The Great Ocean David Igler. The sense of Abulafia wringing his hands makes a poignant conclusion to a fine book. Mar 02, Joan added it Shelves: Over time shipping created a huge international network of trade in grain, minerals, wood and goods that extended from Syria to Cadiz.

This is not a history of lands that abut and surround the sea, but of their dealings on the sea. Of most interest to me was the role of the Mediterranean in trade.

I know that the author set a really strict scope for this history – abuafia people who crossed the Mediterranean, for whatever reason – but either that or the author’s own interests limited the narrative and left huge holes in the timeline.

Insbesondere die wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen und die sich wandelnden Handelsrouten, die technischen Fortschritte in der Nautik und die sich daraus entwickelnden multiethnischen Gesellschaften werden brilliant geschildert. You don’t put failures there, not when you’re going to be judged by Anubis as to whether you deserve eternal life!

It did pretty well with the bits I was familiar with, which gave me confidence for the bits I was not familiar with. Now if you think about how such a tne would be written, it would be immediately clear that it would end up being a very European history, that peeks into the Asian events once or twice, especially through the peephole that is the Suez Canal.


The great Asian and African civilisations of the early bronze age had been largely confined to abulafla alluvial river valleys created in the wake of the ice age: Yes, yes, we get it, the place was just lovely in all those simply lovely port cities which were so vavid and cosmopolitan and where all those Greeks and Turks and Jews and Arabs and Albanians and Everyone got along so well and were especially lovely tthe their neighbours during the race riots, in one memorable paragraph that Abulafia appears to have genuinely missed the irony of completely and how awful that it all stopped with all that sad ugly nationalism business.

Situated at the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millenia the place where religions, economies, and political systems met, clashed, influenced and absorbed one another. The strength and weakness of this book is the Chronology. Not all interactions are peaceful, and different people including members of minorities make different contributions across culture and creed.

And it is a wonderful idea for a book. Would-be Roman rhe 2. But as in most large claims, there lies a kernel of truth at the heart of this one.

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The barbarians from the steppes, much out of place in their new sun-kissed home, were instrumental in breaking the Roman lake, but their horse-born successors, the Muslims, were instrumental in putting it back together as they formed an enormous sphere of influence that both fought and traded with the infidel.

Books by David Abulafia. I abulafiq this is a book it would do most people good to read, because it fits things together and gives perspective — zea, in a book that covers three thousand years and the entire Mediterranean there are going to be bits everyone isn’t familiar with. I am an Asia historian but one can not escape the importance of Mediterranean Europe upon Asian history and culture, hence the value of this work that systematically goes into each of the great ages of gret Mediterranean, its peoples, its cultures, its wars, its injustices, its epidemics, its destinies.