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READ The Great Sea A Human History of the Mediterranean 107 ↠ [Download] ➸ The Great Sea A Human History of the Mediterranean By David Abulafia – Die Geschichte des Mittelmeeres ist die Geschichte unserer ZivilisationDas großartige opulente Werk zur Geschichte des Mittelmeers seit mehr als 30He Great ePUB #231 der unvergleichlichen Geschichte eines Dialog verschiedener Kulturen Identitäten Politiken Wissenschaften Handel und Religionen entlang der Küsten des Gewässers für das die Römer noch den einen allbezeichnenden Namen hatten Mare Nostrum Abulafia schlägt einen Bogen durch Great Sea A Human History PDFEPUBRaum 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 Mitt. Good grief finally done This really really long I was desperately checking how many pages I had left already by page 600 or so It's not entirely terrible theres lots of interesting episodes anecdotes and details that are fun Ocassionally theres even a whole few pages of coherent information about something that I actually understand technology language trade physical conditions of slaves etc This is actual stuff about actual stuff and I find it interesting The problem is that it's interspersed amongst hundreds and hundreds of pages of so in this period the ascendant Valencians moved against Syracuse which contributed to the decline of Alexandria and blah blah blah WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN Is there some sort of history writing code which I have missed the memo on Did they steal their boats Burn their city Send them stiff letters What I just have no interest whatsoever in this kind of geopolitics recap of a thousand years ago not as any kind of normative statement it just bores me It doesn't mean anything to me as a modern reader whether Genoa or Carthage is ascendant at a given moment in the 1100's or what So theres lots of that and it never really added up for me into a coherent history or sweeping sense of history for the region it's too big and too dense Which is ok I don't think it had to but the book is kind of stuck in limbo of being both too big and not big enough Then theres the sort of political sort of nostalgia stuff which i'm probably exagerrating but hey it's my review and I can see political bugbears if I want to Everything is political after all Yes yes we get it the place was just lovely in all those simply lovely port cities which were so diverse and cosmopolitan and where all those Greeks and Turks and Jews and Arabs and Albanians and Everyone got along so well and were especially lovely to their neighbours during the race riots in one memorable paragraph that Abulafia appears to have genuinely missed the irony of completely and how awful that it all stopped with all that sad ugly nationalism business It seems to me that this so much classist tripe that is a manufactured nostalgia of second generation post exiles of westernized wealthy elites but what do I knowAnyway not really recommended Too big and disjointed to be all that interesting

David Abulafia ☆ 7 READ

Elmeeres – packend welthaltig blutig lustvoll die durch Great Sea A PDFEPUB #233 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 Times. An ambitious effort but suffers from being a subject that is too large for one book to do it justice The author makes a valiant effort but can’t help but jump from one stepping stone to another He has chosen to focus heavily on ancient history giving it close to 250 out of 650 pages before he reaches the year 600 and al but wraps the youngest centuries up in little than one hundred pages The author has chosen five distinctive periods in which to subdivide his book These five periods reflect five separately identifiable epochs in the history of the Mediterranean The first is 22000 BC 1000 BC then 1000 BC AD 600 600 1350 1350 1830 and 1830 2014 The first period is a bit bewildering with lots of unknown peoples at least to me passing back and forth The second period is a “who’s who” of the ancient world and the third period is where the authors speciality lies The leading maritime cities take centre stage and their rise and fall is our common thread The author gives relevant and interesting information about how those cities and their networks operated and what that meant for those who participated For instance the best way to both sleep comfortably and insure your merchandise reached the port of your destination was to sleep on it Successive chapters deal with the coming of ever interlopers in the area Russians Austrians British Americans and the change from mercantilism to political power Some chapters feel somewhat “tagged on” and the larger narrative seems to crumble a bit – though the author remains a good storyteller The last period gives us some loose tie ins and the last chapter the authors views on mass tourismRefreshing the role outsiders played in this large scene most notably the Jewish communities and the networks that dot this bookEye opener the role slavery continued to play in this region since antiuity – which I did not know aboutConclusion follows the leading characters because otherwise the cast is too large Fun but not special and to me it lacked bite

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The Great Sea A Human History of the MediterraneanDie Geschichte Sea A Epub #217 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 T. 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