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The Black Sea: A History

Charles King


The Black Sea has long formed a zone of interaction—sometimes cordial, sometimes conflictual—among the peoples and states around its shores, from the Balkans to the Caucasus, from Russia to Turkey. To the ancient Greeks, the sea lay at the edge of the known world. In time the growth of Greek trading colonies linked all the coasts into a web of economic relationships. In the Middle Ages the sea was tied to the great commercial cities of the Mediterranean. Later the Ottomans used the region's resources to build their own empire. In the late eighteenth century the sea was opened to foreign commer ... More

Keywords: Balkans, Black Sea, Caucasus, culture, Europe, Greeks, history, Mediterranean Sea, Ottoman Empire, Russia, Turkey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199241613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199241619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles King, author
Ion Ratiu Chair of Romanian Studies and Associate Professor of Foreign Service and Government Georgetown University Washington D.C.
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