The Great Sea A Human History of the Mediterranean E–book/E–pub

Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses rA gorgeous mosaic that pleads for the diversity and cultural exchange to which the shores of an inner sea lend themselves so well As one of the prominent anti Brexit historians Abulafia knows how to argue against the mythology of the nation stateThe only danger of 5000 years of Braudel with the wars kingsestored into the economy Getting lost amidst the marbles For example some of the Byzantine interests of the Italian merchant A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, republics in the Ottoman era aren t clear within the space of a few pages and the cultures of the Jews from Spain to the Levant could easily fill all of it by themselves just as easy as WWII or the Minoan civilisation Cultures of the Jews A New History by David Biale The Path to Victory The Mediterranean Theater in World War II by Douglas Porch Good grief finally done Thiseally My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, really long I was desperately checking how many pages I had left already by page 600 or so It s not entirely terrible theres lots of interesting episodes anecdotes and details that are fun Ocassionally theres even a whole few pages of coherent information about something that I actually understand technology language trade physical conditions of slaves etc This is actual stuff about actual stuff and I find it interesting The problem is that it s interspersed amongst hundreds and hundreds of pages of so in this period the ascendant Valencians moved against Syracuse which contributed to the decline of Alexandria and blah blah blah WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN Is there some sort of history writing code which I have missed the memo on Did they steal their boats Burn their city Send them stiff letters What I just have no interest whatsoever in this kind of geopoliticsecap of a thousand years ago not as any kind of normative statement it just bores me It doesn t mean anything to me as a modern Malakai (Wicked Games, reader whether Genoa or Carthage is ascendant at a given moment in the 1100 s or what So theres lots of that and it nevereally added up for me into a coherent history or sweeping sense of history for the The Carpenters Wife and Heart of Stone region it s too big and too dense Which is ok I don t think it had to but the book is kind of stuck in limbo of being both too big and not big enough Then theres the sort of political sort of nostalgia stuff which i m probably exagerrating but hey it s myeview and I can see political bugbears if I want to Everything is political after all Yes yes we get it the place was just lovely in all those simply lovely port cities which were so diverse 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 to their neighbours during the Celtic Fire (Rogue Angel, raceiots 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 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 knowAnyway not The Family Plan reallyecommended Too big and disjointed to be all that interesting I ll never actually finish this book I must have had it for a couple of years now It s another that I ll always have on my bookshelf to dip into when I want to look something up or A Family Practice read about a particular place or period It s a bit too dense for my taste but an excellentesource This is a human history of the Mediterranean Sea from over 10000 years ago to 2010 I saw that this had A Doctor in Her Stocking (From Here to Maternity received a favorableeview in the Economist so I got a copy but was hesitant to plunge in it is a ather 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 ewardingMy biggest concern was that this would be a people places and odd facts that makes books like this so For Better and Worse rewardingMy biggest concern was that this would be a 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 theise of Spain to eventual European dominance in conflict with France the Italian commercial Cassidys Kids (Maitland Maternity, 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 Theole of merchants pirates and intellectual wanderers are well developed to show how they made the Mediterranean into an integrated area Rescuing the Texans Heart 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 toeaders 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 ead 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 ewarding 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 After Cockroach 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 theeviews 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

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crosses its the Hotshot P.I. rivalries and the piracy It is a general history and doesn teally 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 the way there are plenty of new things to see I not known of the ancient uins 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 est 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 ead 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 th. Die Geschichte des Mittelmeeres ist die Geschichte unserer ZivilisationDas großartige opulente Werk zur Geschichte des Mittelmeers seit mehr als 3000 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.

David Abulafia ↠ 6 Review

Ry of a specific Duty to Protect region Abulafia exhibits the command and disciplineeuired to The Surprise Triplets (Safe Harbor Medical reign in his history event though even after theeigning in it is still a sprawling beast of a book It is enjoyable and it is knowledgeable but I am not sure if it serves a purpose ie if there is any Kates Vow reason for someone to actually pick up the book and make the effort ofeading through the 700 pages of it view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler An ambitious effort but suffers from being a subject that is too large for one book to do it justice The author makes a valiant effort but can t help but jump from one stepping stone to another He has chosen to focus heavily on ancient history giving it close to 250 out of 650 pages before he Marrying the Preachers Daughter reaches the year 600 and al but wraps the youngest centuries up in little than one hundred pages The author has chosen five distinctive periods in which to subdivide his book These five periodseflect five separately identifiable epochs in the history of the Mediterranean The first is 22000 BC 1000 BC then 1000 BC AD 600 600 1350 1350 1830 and 1830 2014 The first period is a bit bewildering with lots of unknown peoples at least to me passing back and forth The second period is a who s who of the ancient world and the third period is where the authors speciality lies The leading maritime cities take centre stage and their Snowed in with the Cowboy rise and fall is our common thread The author giveselevant and interesting information about how those cities and their networks operated and what that meant for those who participated For instance the best way to both sleep comfortably and insure your merchandise The Brides Second Thought reached the port of your destination was to sleep on it Successive chapters deal with the coming of ever interlopers in the area Russians Austrians British Americans and the change from mercantilism to political power Some chapters feel somewhat tagged on and the larger narrative seems to crumble a bit though the authoremains a good storyteller The last period gives us some loose tie ins and the last chapter the authors views on mass tourismRefreshing the Bedside Manner (The Landry Brothers, role outsiders played in this large scene most notably the Jewish communities and the networks that dot this bookEye opener theole slavery continued to play in this The Bridal Swap (Smoky Mountain Matches, region since antiuity which I did not know aboutConclusion follows the leading characters because otherwise the cast is too large Fun but not special and to me it lacked bite My three starating isn t strictly fair to the content of The Great Sea which is very good but This Perfect Stranger rather with the difficulty I had ineading it It took me two weeks because I would At Any Cost repeatedly lose focus and have my mind wander only toealize that I d been True Colors reading andereading the same section multiple times without ever The Doctors Reason to Stay really taking it in and I d either switch what I waseading or give up Maybe it s because of the book s format It s simultaneously dense and choppy full of citations and uotes and statistics about the various areas and periods it covers but nothing is covered for than a few pages at a time before a chapter break and a slight shift in focus Despite the uality of the information I had a hard time sticking with it for an extended period of timeThe book is divided into five sections covering five different periods of Mediterranean history delineated like soI have identified five distinct periods a First Mediterranean that descended into chaos after 1200 BC that is around the time Troy is said to have fallen a Second Mediterranean that survived until about AD 500 a Third Mediterranean that emerged slowly and then experienced a great crisis at the time of the Black Death 1347 a Fourth Mediterranean that had to cope with increasing competition from the Atlantic and domination by Atlantic powers ending around the time of the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 finally a Fifth Mediterranean that became a passage way to the Indian Ocean and found a surprising new identity in the second half of the twentieth centuryOf these my favorite was the First Mediterranean both because the popular image of history before the Roman Empire is of a very atomized society without much long Once Upon a Matchmaker (Matchmaking Mamas, range connection which The Great Sea does a great job of countering and the fact that the Bronze Age Collapse is one of the most interesting periods in history I mean trade networks throughout the eastern Mediterranean and then they started falling silent one by one The Mycenaean civilization was destroyed so thoroughly that the Greeks forgot how to write the king of Ugarit wrote a frantic letter for aid on a clay tablet but the city was crushed into dust before it could be fired and delivered the Hittite Empire collapsed and its capital was burned to the ground and nevereoccupied Troy was burned twice and in Egypt the Pharaoh wrote about previously unknown Sea Peoples which had attacked Egypt and were defeated in battleuntil they attacked again and the Egyptian Empire collapsed in on itself to the territory around the Nile I Star Witness really want toead a book just about that and the first part of this book was the part that held my attention the bestOther than that I liked the point Abulafia made about the Mediterranean port being a distinct category of city for much of the Mediterranean s history Medieval ports were often a wildly varied melting pot of peoples from all across Europe the Middle East and Northern Africa with Turks Arabs Jews Italians Greeks and others all ubbing shoulders together and keeping the lines OF TRADE FLOWING ACROSS THE WATERS trade flowing across the waters the great population displacements
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World War this almost entirely vanished The Jewish trade networks maintained with their co eligionists across multiple cultures failed as Jews were expelled from Arab countries and fled Europe in favor of Israel the European decolonization process led to people from the colonizing country leaving for their newly free home and colonizers The Disappearance Of Sloane Sullivan returning to the mother country andising nationalism led to movements to expell the other from the shores of the glorious COUNTRY It s only with the modern The Counts Charade rise of tourism and theeinvention of much of the Mediterranean coast as a tourism and Keeping Watch (Shivers, retirement destination that the old melting pot haseturned though now at great environmental and uality of life cost Venice itself is dying under the flood of tourists a sad fate for what was one of the most powerful cities in the Mediterranean only a few centuries agoThe book also does a good job of showing how the Mediterranean Bachelor Sheriff (Cooper, remained connected even during periods of change though the volume of trade may have beeneduced The collapse of the Roman Empire and the end of Mare Nostrum did Small-Town Cinderella reduce the shipping in the western half but the Eastern Roman Empire survived The Black Death allows for Atlantic merchant powers like the Dutch and the British to find a foothold in Mediterranean trade Traders would buy shares in shipping ventures down to 164 of a ship so that any individual ship foundering wouldn t necessarilyuin the backers The pre modern world was modern than we often thinkBased entirely on the information I d have given this four stars and I Suite Seduction really likedeading the book when I could pay attention to it It s a good historical survey that makes me want to track down other specific books to lear. Eres – packend welthaltig blutig lustvoll die durch 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 Time. E erection of the mysterious temples on Malta around 3500 BC to the His Shock Marriage in Greece recent invention of the Mediterranean s shores as a tourist destination I was immediately fascinated how does a history of a seaead 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 The Perfect Fraud reverses Some of those significant events include the collapse of the Roman Empire the impact of the Black Death andecently 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 eached 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 eligious influences We meet the Venetian merchant Romano Mairano and the Arab traveller Ibn Jubayr We New Choices in Natural Healing read too of Shabbetai Zevi described as a deluded Messiah in 17th century SmyrnaOf most interest to me was theole 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 ecords they need The merchants carry essentials such as grain and salt but they also carry ideas plagues and eligions 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 Southern Cross (CSA Confederate States of America, read the book at least once to fully appreciate Professor Abulafia s coverage while the book is easy toead there is a huge amount of information to The Moguls and the Dictators 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 wortheading by anyone with an interest in the history of the Mediterranean Sea Rather than searching for unity we should note diversity Jennifer Cameron Smith It is strange to Choosing Your Battles read such an expansive history book andealise there is no Asklepios, Medicine, and the Politics of Healing in Fifth-Century Greece real theme to the book Why would an articulate historian write such a wellesearched book that summarises 1000s of years of history without having an overarching theme to be supported by all that effort Most of the popular expansive history books think Sapiens think GGS etc are actually organised around powerful central themes that allow the Quiet Journeys reader to engage with the history being told to have solideasons to stay engaged with it Unless a Madison: UW Capitol Area reader is only looking to be informed in a general way about what he iseading it is the argumentative flow that keeps himher engaged That is the strength of narrative histories that are also thematic Abulafia has instead focused on exactly what his title says A history of the Mediterranean Lewisian Themes region which is further circumscribed by limiting it to the human aspect of it ie to the communities that lived on its shores the trade that crossed its surface the privacy that disrupted it often theivalries for its control and the political alliances and stories that flourished around the great central sea of European history Now if you think about how such a history 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 Unless there is a thesis that there is some central character about the The Madisonian Constitution region which shaped the flow of histories that touched its shores what does such a historyeally add to a Globalizing Feminist Bioethics reader who is already well versed with the general flow of European history If all you are getting is a summary of history that is limited due to some artificial constraints that disallows the author to talk about certain aspects what is the value in spending the timeeuired to Urban Carnivores read all of 700 pages Not mucheally In my opinion a truer history of the Mediterranean would first get the eader familiar with the geography of the Mediterranean because the moment you define the book based on a geographic entity geography has to take centre stage in some way Once the Mediterranean egion was established well the author might then proceed to the flow of history but keep drawing our attention to the ways in which the uniue features of Mediterranean flow history but keep drawing our attention to the ways in which the uniue features of the Mediterranean is in fact pretty uniue impacts things This is the kind of book that I expected this to be and that was my motivation to start it The impacts might be large or small or even marginal but that would be a useful or thought provoking book than a constrained history of Europe especially since the constraints do not The Blazing World and Other Writings really work in a continent like Europe where the interactions between various countries were too central to the flow of history So for instance we cant have Russia sole limited to its pining for the Mediterranean and its attempts to strike up a better Beauty and the Inferno relationship status That only leaves theeader with a limited perspective which is fine in a thematic work on history but not in a general history I guess These are some of the Ethical Imperialism reasons why I believe I could nevereally connect fully with the book and even found myself skipping through some all too familiar areas I could do that safe in the knowledge that I am not "Missing Any Arguments By Doing So The Same Cannot Be "any arguments by doing so The same cannot be in a thematic work because one might lose the flow of arguments if one skips over a topic or period just because one is familiar with it since we cant be sure exactly how the author is going to use that to substantiate his argumenttheme But in any general history book we can easily skip over things either because we already know it or because that specific era or topic is not of particular interest at the moment But all that said Abulafia is still a very good historian and this is still a very Indian Ocean Migrants and State Formation in Hadhramaut readable account It is held together beautifully even though it is a tough job to give structure and coherence to a limited history like this and still keep it true to the original promise to theeader that it is going to be a histo. Diese besteht aus 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 eichen Farbbildteil»Eine gelehrte Geschichte der Menschheit erzählt anhand des Mittelme. The Great Sea A Human History of the Mediterranean
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