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The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean

David Abulafia


Connecting Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millennia the place where religions, economies, and political systems met, clashed, influenced and absorbed one another. In this brilliant and expansive book, David Abulafia offers a fresh perspective by focusing on the sea itself: its practical importance for transport and sustenance; its dynamic role in the rise and fall of empires; and the remarkable cast of characters-sailors, merchants, migrants, pirates, pilgrims-who have crossed and re-crossed it. Ranging from prehistory to the 21st century, The Great Sea is above a ... More

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195323344
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195323344.001.0001


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Part One The First Mediterranean, 22000 BC–1000 BC

Part Two The Second Mediterranean, 1000 BC–AD 600

Part Three The Third Mediterranean, 600–1350

Part Four The Fourth Mediterranean, 1350–1830

Part Five The Fifth Mediterranean, 1830–2010