By David Abulafia
Located on the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millenia where the place religions, economies, and political structures met, clashed, prompted and absorbed each other. David Abulafia bargains a clean viewpoint by way of targeting the ocean itself: its functional value for shipping and sustenance; its dynamic position within the upward push and fall of empires; and the outstanding forged of characters--sailors, retailers, migrants, pirates, pilgrims--who have crossed and recrossed it.
Ranging from prehistory to the twenty first century, The nice Sea is peculiarly the background of human interplay throughout a quarter that has introduced jointly some of the nice civilizations of antiquity in addition to the rival empires of medieval and glossy occasions. Interweaving significant political and naval advancements with the ebb and move of alternate, Abulafia explores how advertisement festival within the Mediterranean created either rivalries and partnerships, with retailers appearing as intermediaries among cultures, buying and selling items that have been as unique on one aspect of the ocean as they have been normal at the different. He stresses the outstanding skill of Mediterranean cultures to uphold the civilizing perfect of convivencia, "living together," exemplified in medieval Spain, the place Christian theologians studied Arabic texts with the aid of Jewish and Muslim students, and traceable during the heritage of the quarter.
Brilliantly written and sweeping in its scope, The nice Sea is itself as diverse and inclusive because the zone it describes, overlaying every thing from the Trojan conflict, the historical past of piracy, and the nice naval battles among Carthage and Rome to the Jewish Diaspora into Hellenistic worlds, the increase of Islam, the Grand excursions of the nineteenth century, and mass tourism of the twentieth. it truly is, in brief, a magnum opus, the definitive account of probably the main shiny theater of human interplay in history.
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