By David Abulafia
Positioned on the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millenia where the place religions, economies, and political platforms met, clashed, prompted and absorbed each other. David Abulafia deals a clean viewpoint by means of concentrating on the ocean itself: its useful significance for shipping and sustenance; its dynamic function within the upward push and fall of empires; and the striking 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 notably the background of human interplay throughout a sector that has introduced jointly some of the nice civilizations of antiquity in addition to the rival empires of medieval and sleek instances. Interweaving significant political and naval advancements with the ebb and stream of alternate, Abulafia explores how advertisement pageant 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 part of the ocean as they have been usual at the different. He stresses the extraordinary 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 assistance from Jewish and Muslim students, and traceable during the heritage of the area.
Brilliantly written and sweeping in its scope, The nice Sea is itself as assorted and inclusive because the quarter it describes, overlaying every thing from the Trojan warfare, the background of piracy, and the good 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 maybe the main shiny theater of human interplay in history.
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