The Great Sea by David Abulafia – review. David Abulafia’s history of the Mediterranean takes in ancient empires and modern tourists. For over three thousand years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of civilization. David Abulafia’s The Great Sea is the first complete. The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean is an award-winning book by the British historian David Abulafia. First published in , it is a history of.

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The whole medieval section is taken up by Italian trading cities, and most of the narrative is told from the point of view of Europeans.

The Great Sea by David Abulafia – review

The rise of the Italian city states that formed their own thalassocracies were the next to revolutionize commerce and war across the open west and island-studded east. Vamos, que a pesar de ser un libro de historia al final engancha y todo.

I also had the feeling at times that Abulafia believes in race David Abulafia’s history is epic in both design and scope. Jan 17, Geeat Crawford rated it liked it.

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. I’m already looking forward to rereading it in a few years.

I think he is largely successful in his task; at the ve Very impressive in its breadth, and surprisingly engaging for such abuoafia long book. Large events, say the French revolution and Thirty Years War, or the discovery of the New World, are dealt with in passing, as they had little impact on how man operated in the sea between the lands.


This is why the Italian city states, the multitude of islands, and the other sea-based cultures are covered so extensively. I didn’t know this: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Views through the Russian prism 9: Situated at the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millenia the place where religions, economies, and political systems met, clashed, influenced and absorbed one another.

A massive study but at the same time a joy to tne. I would’ve loved for there to be more discussion of culture – how ideas and beliefs and art crossed the seas and mixed with other abulafiaa. Interlopers in the Mediterranean 6: Nevertheless he did influence younger writers to write more comprehensive world agulafia and it clearly reflects on how important this book was in giving ideas for developing History as a science even further.

I mean, trade networks throughout the eastern Mediterranean, abulzfia then they started falling silent one by one.

The Great Sea by David Abulafia: review – Telegraph

A gorgeous mosaic that pleads for the diversity and cultural exchange to which the shores of an inner sea lend themselves so well. The book is divided into five sections covering five different periods of Mediterranean history, delineated like so: That took care of itself.

Merchants, mercenaries and missionaries 8: 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 that crosses its surface, the rivalries and the piracy. Du Bois, and Lawrence Bobo. Refresh and try again.


Once the book reaches the classical world, however, it really comes alive, at least for my tastes. Not for him a Xbulafia view of the Mediterranean, the tale of women on that sea is summed treat in a paragraph at the end, he basically says – here’s a couple of e This was a bit dryer than I’d expected from a “best seller” history. This was an eminently Christian vision of the world, as the appearance at the map’s apex of a benignly presiding Christ clearly signals.

A cosmetic change of the title, which would change the expectations of a would-be reader without decreasing the genius of the book itself. But as in most large claims, there lies a kernel of truth at the heart of this one. Maybe it’s abulavia of the book’s format.

It’s reasonably fluidly written, but definitely a book to read for information rather than joy of reading. Partisan Diary Ada Gobetti. That Abulafia finds room for such an episode in a book of such ambitious scope shows how impressive his achievement is.

The Great Sea

Each of these might have shuddered on encountering their sea in its latest incarnation, as a victim of mass tourism, industrial pollution and galloping environmental degradation.

I stand in total awe. This is not to say there are not issues: This is an amazing book and well worth reading by anyone with an interest in the history of the Mediterranean Sea. There’s just a lot of archeological speculation, no sense of narrative dsvid all.