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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Based entirely on the information I’d have given this four stars, and I really liked reading the book when I could pay attention to it. Prominent figures are mentioned, of course, but are not allowed to hijack the larger narrative.

Perhaps it is the fate of all histories to be judged as much by what they omit as what they include.

The Great Sea by David Abulafia – review

This leaves us with the current state of affairs: But as in most large claims, there lies a kernel of truth at the heart dwvid this one. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The envoys of Dionysios the tyrant were mocked at the BC Olympic Games because he was — well, a tyrant would that we had the balls to do the same today.

Most of the popular expansive history books think Sapiens, think GGS, etc. Unlike Mansel, who is hard to turn away from, this history took me a while to read, yet it’s certainly worth the time and patience. Also writi I read this book at the same time as the newer book “The Silk Roads” from Frankopan and compared them. The first Neanderthal bones were actually found much earlier than the ones in the Neander Valley; “Neanderthal Man” should really be called “Gibraltar Woman”.


The Great Sea

The first 80 pages has been a chore to read. That took care of itself. The heirs of Odysseus 3: Did they steal their boats? The Last Mediterranean Appendix: But it is definitely a mission to get it finished because it goes on forever.

The Great Sea by David Abulafia: review – Telegraph

This had a useful and unusual perspective on European history, and it did surprisingly well with dealing with huge swathes of time and technology and cultures. The Mediterranean became the great artery through which goods, warships, migrants daavid other travellers reached the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic. Take a step back from the mappa mundi, and the wash of green ink at the heart of the vellum tells you all you need to know about this mighty sea’s enduring dominance in the imagination of the pre-modern world.

Even tough this book does have a unique and original way of presenting history, I just felt it lacked the classical narrative and the details to complete the processes.

The Great Sea – Hardcover – David Abulafia – Oxford University Press

Dreams of economic integration, freedom of movement for goods and people, waves of newcomers seeking new homes across the choppy waters. David Abulafia’s The Great Sea is the first complete history of the Mediterranean, from the erection of temples on Malta around BC to modern tourism.


However, he ruined it by summing it zea as an extensive number of excuses for a failed mission.

What facts become important, ggeat aspects of human civilisation will feature, and why? If you’re a historian you should read it – if you aren’t you can skip it. It’s a large, expansive, book, covering from prehistory to the current day A gorgeous mosaic that pleads for the diversity and cultural exchange to which the shores of an inner sea lend themselves so well. The mass ssea of the 20th. It avoids seeking patterns. The purple traders 2: I was desperately checking how many pages I had left already by page or so.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. May 04, Claire rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

The book also does a good job of showing how the Mediterranean remained connected even during periods of change, though the volume of trade may have been reduced. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.