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Read The Great Sea A Human History of the Mediterranean ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ñ [Epub] ❧ The Great Sea A Human History of the Mediterranean Author David Abulafia – Die Geschichte des Mittelmeeres ist die Geschichte unserer ZivilisationDas großartige Mittelmeeres – packend welthaltig blutig lustvoll die durch Great Sea A Epub #225 ihre Gelehrtheit Begeisterung und Bereitschaft zu Staunen besticht« Simon Sebag Montefiore Autor von ›Jerusalem‹»Dieses Buch wird für lange Zeit konkurenzlos sein«Literary Review»Dieses Buch ist ein Meilenstein«The Independent»Die vielfältige ualität von Abulafias Wissen ist fast unheimlich«Observer»Dieses epische hervorragend zu lesende und gelehrte Werk über die Geburtsstätte des Westens – das Mittelmeer – ist der Kandidat für das Geschichtsbuch des Jahres Abulafia übertrumpft sie alle«Sunday Time. I'll never actually finish this book I must have had it for a couple of years now It's another that I'll always have on my bookshelf to dip into when I want to look something up or read about a particular place or period It's a bit too dense for my taste but an excellent resource

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The Great ePUB #10003 der unvergleichlichen Geschichte eines Dialog verschiedener Kulturen Identitäten Politiken Wissenschaften Handel und Religionen entlang der Küsten des Great Sea A Human History Kindle Gewässers für das die Römer noch den einen allbezeichnenden Namen hatten Mare Nostrum Abulafia schlägt einen Bogen durch Raum und Zeit und zeigt wie das Mittelmeer zu eben jenem kraftvollen Ort wurde an dem sich die Geschichte der Menschheit auf einzigartige Weise widerspiegelt Ein aufsehenerregendes Werk mit einem reichen Farbbildteil»Eine gelehrte Geschichte der Menschheit erzählt anhand des. After reading Norwich's A History of Venice I looked at his other books and saw one on the Mediterranean that looked interesting However most of the reviews for it said it was okay but Abulafia's The Great Sea was much better so I put that on my wishlist instead and got it for ChristmasIt's a large expansive book covering from prehistory to the current day 2010 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 It is a general history and doesn't really have any defining thesis other than perhaps the one his book is organized around The book is split into five parts titled 'The First Mediterranean' 'The Second Mediterranean' and so on with each part being about a single economic complex in the MediterraneanMany parts are familiar to those familiar with history but along the way there are plenty of new things to see I had not known of the ancient ruins on Malta nor the entire nature of Allied frustrations dealing with French North Africa The third and second to last chapters are depressing as they cover the destruction of several multicultural communities in the lead up to WWI through the aftermath of WWII The final chapter takes a uick look at how mid 20th century emigration spread southern Italian cuisine to the rest of the world and then talks of the impact of tourism on the MediterraneanIn all it is a broad book that manages a surprising amount of depth and an enjoyable read

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The Great Sea A Human History of the MediterraneanDie Geschichte Sea A PDFEPUB #189 des Mittelmeeres ist die Geschichte unserer ZivilisationDas großartige opulente Werk zur Geschichte des Mittelmeers seit mehr als Jahren ist das Mittelmeer eines der Zentren der zivilisierten Welt An seiner geographischen Achse entscheiden sich bereits zu Zeiten Trojas politische und kulturelle Neuerungen die von weltpolitischer Bedeutung sind Von hier aus werden neue Reiche erobert Grenzen verschoben Weltanschauungen durchgesetzt Irrfahrten begangen es gab Schrecken Kriege Fehden Erstürmungen und Tragödien Aber es existiert ebenso die andere Seite und diese besteht aus. It is strange to read such an expansive history book and realise there is no real theme to the book Why would an articulate historian write such a well researched book that summarises 1000s of years of history without having an overarching theme to be supported by all that effort Most of the popular expansive history books think Sapiens think GGS etc are actually organised around powerful central themes that allow the reader to engage with the history being told to have solid reasons to stay engaged with it Unless a reader is only looking to be informed in a general way about what he is reading it is the argumentative flow that keeps himher engaged That is the strength of narrative histories that are also thematic Abulafia has instead focused on exactly what his title says A history of the Mediterranean region which is further circumscribed by limiting it to the human aspect of it ie to the communities that lived on its shores the trade that crossed its surface the privacy that disrupted it often the rivalries for its control and the political alliances and stories that flourished around the great central sea of European history Now if you think about how such a history would be written it would be immediately clear that it would end up being a very European history that peeks into the Asian events once or twice especially through the peephole that is the Suez Canal Unless there is a thesis that there is some central character about the region which shaped the flow of histories that touched its shores what does such a history really add to a reader who is already well versed with the general flow of European history If all you are getting is a summary of history that is limited due to some artificial constraints that disallows the author to talk about certain aspects what is the value in spending the time reuired to read all of 700 pages Not much really In my opinion a truer history of the Mediterranean would first get the reader familiar with the geography of the Mediterranean because the moment you define the book based on a geographic entity geography has to take centre stage in some way Once the Mediterranean region was established well the author might then proceed to the flow of history but keep drawing our attention to the ways in which the uniue features of the Mediterranean which is in fact pretty uniue impacts things This is the kind of book that I expected this to be and that was my motivation to start it The impacts might be large or small or even marginal but that would be a useful or thought provoking book than a constrained history of Europe especially since the constraints do not really work in a continent like Europe where the interactions between various countries were too central to the flow of history So for instance we cant have Russia's role limited to its pining for the Mediterranean and its attempts to strike up a better relationship status That only leaves the reader with a limited perspective which is fine in a thematic work on history but not in a general history I guess These are some of the reasons why I believe I could never really connect fully with the book and even found myself skipping through some all too familiar areas I could do that safe in the knowledge that I am not missing any arguments by doing so The same cannot be done in a thematic work because one might lose the flow of arguments if one skips over a topic or period just because one is familiar with it since we cant be sure exactly how the author is going to use that to substantiate his argumenttheme 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 But all that said Abulafia is still a very good historian and this is still a very readable account It is held together beautifully even though it is a tough job to give structure and coherence to a limited history like this and still keep it true to the original promise to the reader that it is going to be a history of a specific region Abulafia exhibits the command and discipline reuired to reign in his history event though even after the reigning in it is still a sprawling beast of a book It is enjoyable and it is knowledgeable but I am not sure if it serves a purpose ie if there is any reason for someone to actually pick up the book and make the effort of reading through the 700 pages of it