The Mediterranean has been the meeting-place of the cultures of Europe, Asia and Africa, the battleground of races and nations and the focus of three great religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
David Abulafia, doyen of Mediterranean scholars, has brought together a team of leading specialists from many countries to tell this enthralling and complex story as a connected narrative: from the physical setting, the prehistoric traders and the struggle between Phoenicians, Greeks and Etruscans ending in Roman victory, to the post-Roman nations, the Christian and Islamic powers, domination by England and France, and finally the twentieth century, divided between war and mass tourism.
This study covers all of recorded history, incorporating recent research and tools ranging from linguistics to underwater archaeology, accompanied by spectacular illustrations. Here is the only complete and up-to-date overview of one of the great themes of world history.
With 28 illustrations
Thames & Hudson
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01 May 2021
What is the Mediterranean?, David Abulafia * The Physical Setting, Oliver Rackham * The First Trading Empires: Prehistory to c.1000 BC, Marlene Suano * The Battle for the Sea Routes: 1000-300BC, Mario Torelli * The Creation of Mare Nostrum:300BC-500AD, Geoffrey Rickman * The Mediterranean breaks up: 500 - 1000, John Pryor * A Christian Mediterranean: 1000 - 1500, Michel Balard * Resurgent Islam: 1500 - 1700, Molly Greene * The Mediterranean as a Battleground of the European Powers: 1700-1900, Jeremy Black * A Globalized Mediterranean: 1900 - 2000, David Abulafia
David Abulafia has been Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge since 2000 and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge since 1974. He is the author of many books, including the award-winning The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean.
Reviews for The Mediterranean in History
'A very attractive and well-composed volume ... a masterful overview of Mediterranean history from 1000 AD till the end of the last millennium' - Journal of Greek Archaeology 'A terrific resource for students or for those just interested in the history of the region' - Timeless Travels 'Each section is deftly stitched together ... Lavish illustrations ensure this book is as much a delight to flick through as to read in-depth' - Current World Archaeology