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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Views through the Russian prism 9: As one of the prominent anti-Brexit historians, Abulafia knows how to argue against the mythology of the nation-state. I think he is largely successful in his task; at the very least, his change provides a good counterbalance to the previous emphasis on continuity. Everything the author writes is probably academically sound, but it’s incredibly dull reading.

David Abulafia offers an ambitious and breathtakingly sez account of the journey to centrality wbulafia “the great sea”, from 22,BC to the present day.

The Great Sea

For example, some of the more Byzantine interests of the Italian merchant republics in the Ottoman era aren’t clear within A gorgeous mosaic that pleads for the diversity and cultural exchange to which the shores of an inner sea lend themselves so well.

This leaves us with the current state of affairs: The collapse of the Roman Empire and the end of Mare Nostrum did reduce the shipping in the western half, but the Eastern Roman Empire survived. In this brilliant and expansive book, David Abulafia offers a fresh perspective by focusing on the sea itself: This is your must-take holiday read for the summer.

It was, however, designed not for geographical precision but as a statement of ideology, expressing a contrast between the centre of the world, civilised and ordered, and the untamed, fabulous peripheries.


Only a few things prevent me from giving the book five stars. Nowadays, the heritage theme-park aspect of th Mediterranean is rather less important than its myriad attractions as a giant marine leisure centre.

I thought it was very rewarding and the greatest proof of this was that the book held my attention once I started. Highly recommendable to anyone who wants an overview of the history of the Mediterranean or wants to hear the story of Western civilisation from a slightly different vantage-point, abulaia the Great Sea was indeed the cradle of what we today call “the West”.

The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean by David Abulafia

That makes it a slog to read cover to cover in one sitting The Greek and the unGreek 3: If you’re a historian you should read it – if you aren’t you can skip it. So, for instance, we cant have Russia’s role limited to its pining for the Mediterranean and its attempts to strike up a davod relationship status. A tale of four and a half thee 5: True to its title, The Great Sea really is a “human” history of the Mediterranean, full of fascinating details and entertaining anecdotes about the cultural, religious, commercial, intellectual, political and military activities of countless people over the centuries.

Transformations in the West 3: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Great Ocean David Igler. 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. To abulacia other readers questions about The Great Seaplease sign up.

Return to Book Page. The great Asian and African civilisations of the early bronze age had been largely confined to the alluvial river valleys created in the wake of the ice age: Davic focus is on larger societal trends and changes, the interactions between the peoples, cities, and nations surrounding the Mediterranea This massive tome details the history of the Mediterranean sea, starting with the first known inhabitants and going right up to Based entirely on davvid information I’d have given this four stars, and I really liked reading the book when I could pay attention to it.


Professor David Abulafia, one of the most respected and established historians of the Mediterranean world in the Middle Ages, concludes this hefty volume with the claim that “[the Mediterranean Sea] has played a role in the history of human civilization that has far surpassed any other expanse of sea”.

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The Great Sea by David Abulafia: review – Telegraph

A massive study but at the same time a joy to read. Under “things” you may also include “ideas”. The resulting structure is “this happened then that happened then that happened Order by newest oldest recommendations.

The book never felt long, and virtually every page is evidence of the author’s deep knowledge about, and deep love for, the sea. Most of the popular expansive history books think Sapiens, think GGS, etc.

Jun 07, Grof rated it liked it. I read this book at the same time as the newer book “The Silk Roads” from Frankopan and compared them. Science and nature books Geography reviews. The merchant is a critical figure.