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Download The Great Sea A Human History of the Mediterranean Ebook ¹ 960 pages ô Johnscyclingdiary ✓ [Epub] ➞ The Great Sea A Human History of the Mediterranean By David Abulafia – Die Geschichte des Mittelmeeres ist die Geschichte uDie Geschichte des Mittelmeeres ist die Geschichte Sea A PDF #200 unserer ZivilisationDas großartige opulente Werk zur Geschichte des Mittelmeers seit mehr als Jahren ist das Mittelmeer eines der Zentren der zivilisierten Welt An seiner geographischen Achse entscheiden sich bereits zu Zeiten Trojas politische und kulturelle Neuerungen die von weltpolitischer Bedeutung sind Von hier aus werden neue Reiche erobert Grenzen verschoben Weltanschauungen durchgesetzt Irrfahrten begangen es gab Schrecken Kriege Fehden Erstürmungen und Tragödien Aber es existiert ebenso die andere Seite und diese bes This is a human history of the Mediterranean Sea from over 10000 years ago to 2010 I saw that this had received a favorable review in the Economist so I got a copy but was hesitant to plunge in it is a rather long volume I started it last Friday and could not put it down It tells a coherent and entertaining story of five different seas that seems on target provides a believable overall narrative and yet includes all sorts of tidbits about people places and odd facts that makes books like this so rewardingMy biggest concern was that this would be a huge survey that did not hold together well a sort of mega cliffs notes It is a survey but the whole is much than the parts For example I learned much about the rise of Spain to eventual European dominance in conflict with France the Italian commercial republics and the Ottoman Empire For another example the author did a good job in showing how the maritime life of the Mediterranean was important in how countries developed such as why Northern Italy prospered and moved into manufacturing and high value added enterprises while Southern Italy did not The role of merchants pirates and intellectual wanderers are well developed to show how they made the Mediterranean into an integrated area rather than just an array of kingdoms and statesWhile the author is very learned he is also very wise and strikes a good balance between detail and general themes Nearly every section of the book has links to an entire scholarly community with its own issues and debates The book tends to offer the main line story in each area while at the same time indicating to readers where disagreements exist On the areas where I was better informed it was very clear how Abulafia was crafting this story and he does a fine jobDon't try to speed read it and have some maps and google handy to check up on the wealth of details that you will encounter here I thought it was very rewarding and the greatest proof of this was that the book held my attention once I started I did not have to worry about getting sufficiently far in the book so that I would finish That took care of itselfTT

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packend welthaltig blutig lustvoll die durch Great Sea A PDFEPUB #187 ihre Gelehrtheit Begeisterung und Bereitschaft zu Staunen besticht« Simon Sebag Montefiore Autor von ›Jerusalem‹»Dieses Buch wird für lange Zeit konkurenzlos sein«Literary Review»Dieses Buch ist ein Meilenstein«The Independent»Die vielfältige ualität von Abulafias Wissen ist fast unheimlich«Observer»Dieses epische hervorragend zu lesende und gelehrte Werk über die Geburtsstätte des Westens – das Mittelmeer – ist der Kandidat für das Geschichtsbuch des Jahres Abulafia übertrumpft sie alle«Sunday Times ‘For over three thousand years the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of world civilisation’This book the cover tells me ‘is the first complete history of the Mediterranean from the erection of the mysterious temples on Malta around 3500 BC to the recent invention of the Mediterranean’s shores as a tourist destination’ I was immediately fascinated how does a history of a sea read People interact with the sea in a number of ways but they don’t live on it What facts become important which aspects of human civilisation will feature and whyDavid 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 22000 BC to 2010 AD This is a history of the people who ‘dipped their toes in the sea and best of all took journeys across it’ The book is divided into five chronological sectionsThe First Mediterranean 22000 BC – 1000 BCThe Second Mediterranean 1000 BC 600 ADThe Third Mediterranean 600 AD – 1350 ADThe Fourth Mediterranean 1350 AD – 1830 ADThe Fifth Mediterranean 1830 AD – 2010 ADEach section of the book opens and closes a period of the sea’s history during which trade cultural exchanges and empires act as unifiers before the process stops or reverses Some of those significant events include the collapse of the Roman Empire the impact of the Black Death and recently the building of the Suez Canal‘The history of the Mediterranean has been presented in this book as a series of phases in which the sea was to a greater or lesser extent integrated into a single economic and even political area With the coming of the Fifth Mediterranean the whole character of this process changed The Mediterranean became the great artery through which goods warships migrants and other travellers reached the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic’There’s a wealth of information here about the great port cities including Alexandria Salonika and Trieste; about the space of the Mediterranean from Jaffa in the east to Gibraltar in the west from Venice in the north to Alexandria in the south As part of the narrative Professor Abulafia includes information about people whose lives illuminate the developments he is describing a diversity of ethnic linguistic political and religious influences We meet the Venetian merchant Romano Mairano and the Arab traveller Ibn Jubayr We read too of Shabbetai Zevi described as a deluded Messiah in 17th century SmyrnaOf most interest to me was the role of the Mediterranean in trade The merchant is a critical figure The Phoenicians spread the alphabet across the Mediterranean how else can merchants create the records they need The merchants carry essentials such as grain and salt but they also carry ideas plagues and religions across the sea Not all interactions are peaceful and different people including members of minorities make different contributions across culture and creed I would have to read the book at least once to fully appreciate Professor Abulafia’s coverage while the book is easy to read there is a huge amount of information to read and absorb There is a map included in each chapter which I found very helpful in placing the narrativeThis is an amazing book and well worth reading by anyone with an interest in the history of the Mediterranean Sea‘Rather than searching for unity we should note diversity’Jennifer Cameron Smith

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The Great Sea A Human History of the MediterraneanTeht aus The Great ePUB #9734 der unvergleichlichen Geschichte eines Dialog verschiedener Kulturen Identitäten Politiken Wissenschaften Handel und Religionen entlang der Küsten des Gewässers für das die Römer noch den einen allbezeichnenden Namen hatten Mare Nostrum Abulafia schlägt einen Bogen durch Raum und Zeit und zeigt wie das Mittelmeer zu eben jenem kraftvollen Ort wurde an dem sich die Geschichte der Menschheit auf einzigartige Weise widerspiegelt Ein aufsehenerregendes Werk mit einem reichen Farbbildteil»Eine gelehrte Geschichte der Menschheit erzählt anhand des Mittelmeeres After reading Norwich's A History of Venice I looked at his other books and saw one on the Mediterranean that looked interesting However most of the reviews for it said it was okay but Abulafia's The Great Sea was much better so I put that on my wishlist instead and got it for ChristmasIt's a large expansive book covering from prehistory to the current day 2010 Abulafia purposefully tries to limit the scope of his book by sticking to subjects that impinge directly on the Mediterranean as a whole; the communities on its shores the trade that crosses its surface the rivalries and the piracy It is a general history and doesn't really have any defining thesis other than perhaps the one his book is organized around The book is split into five parts titled 'The First Mediterranean' 'The Second Mediterranean' and so on with each part being about a single economic complex in the MediterraneanMany parts are familiar to those familiar with history but along the way there are plenty of new things to see I had not known of the ancient ruins on Malta nor the entire nature of Allied frustrations dealing with French North Africa The third and second to last chapters are depressing as they cover the destruction of several multicultural communities in the lead up to WWI through the aftermath of WWII The final chapter takes a uick look at how mid 20th century emigration spread southern Italian cuisine to the rest of the world and then talks of the impact of tourism on the MediterraneanIn all it is a broad book that manages a surprising amount of depth and an enjoyable read