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For over three thousand years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of world civilization. From the time of historical Troy until the middle of the nineteenth century, human activity here decisively shaped much of the course of world history. David Abulafia's The Great Sea is the first complete history of the Mediterranean from the erection of the mysterious temples on Malta around 3500 BC to the recent reinvention of the Mediterranean's shores as a tourist destination.
Part of the argument of Abulafia's book is that the great port cities - Alexandria, Trieste and Salonika and many others - prospered in part because of their ability to allow many different peoples, religions and identities to co-exist within sometimes very confined spaces. He also brilliantly populates his history with identifiable individuals whose lives illustrate with great immediacy the wider developments he is describing.
The Great Sea ranges stupendously across time and the whole extraordinary space of the Mediterranean from Gibraltar to Jaffa, Venice to Alexandria. Rather than imposing a false unity on the sea and the teeming human activity it has sustained, the book emphasizes diversity - ethnic, linguistic, religious and political. Anyone who reads it will leave it with their understanding of those societies and their histories enormously enriched.
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Publication date Mar 23, 2012
Thematic Category History
Series History - Politics
Age 18+
Translator Ελένη Χαλαζιά
SKU 11642
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Ο ΝΤΕΪΒΙΝΤ ΑΜΠΟΥΛΑΦΙΑ γεννήθηκε το 1949 και είναι ένας από τους πιο αναγνωρισμένους Άγγλους ιστορικούς με εξειδίκευση στην Ιταλία, την Ισπανία και τις υπόλοιπες χώρες της Μεσογείου κατά την περίοδο του Μεσαίωνα και της Αναγέννησης. Από το 2000 είναι καθηγητής Μεσογειακής Ιστορίας στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Κέιμπριτζ και από το 1974 μέλος της Συντροφιάς του Gonville and Caius College του ιδίου Πανεπιστημίου. Υπήρξε Πρόεδρος του Τομέα Ιστορίας στο Κέιμπριτζ, ενώ εξελέγη μέλος της Συγκλήτου του Πανεπιστημίου του Κέιμπριτζ το 2008. Τέλος, είναι μέλος της Βρετανικής και της Ευρωπαϊκής Ακαδημίας. Το βιβλίο Η ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΘΑΛΑΣΣΑ έγινε εμπορική επιτυχία στην Αγγλία αμέσως μόλις κυκλοφόρησε, ενώ απέσπασε ενθουσιώδεις κριτικές από ακαδημαϊκούς σε όλο τον κόσμο.
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