Great Sea,The: A Human History Of The Mediterranean Hardcover – May 17 2011
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The greatest living historian of the Mediterranean -- Andrew Roberts A towering achievement. No review can really do justice to the scale of Abulafia's achievement: in its epic sweep, eye for detail and lucid style. -- Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times Brocaded with studious observation and finely-tuned scholarship, the overall effect is mesmerising. -- Ian Thomson Independent A memorable study, its scholarship tinged with indulgent humour and an authorial eye for bizarre detail. -- Jonathan Keates Sunday Telegraph The story is teeming with colourful characters, and Abulafia wears his scholarship lightly, even dashingly. -- Simon Sebag Montefiore Financial Times
About the Author
David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, and was until recently Chairman of the Cambridge History Faculty. His previous books include Frederick II and The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, and in 2003 was made Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana in recognition of his work on Italian and Mediterranean history.
Top Customer Reviews
This is an admirably focused book. Abulafia resists the near-constant temptation to go wandering far afield from the Mediterranean and stays focused on that space, even when it may seem the main action is happening elsewhere. The effect is one of sharpened perspective, as we see the sweep of world history from a place that waxes and wanes in importance on the global scale.
In short, this is definitely a must-read for anyone who loves a good history read.
In another lifetime I was a university mathematics professor, and it seemed to me that British texts and references in my subject were more demonstrations of the authors' erudition than an attempt at explication. Perhaps that approach extends to monumental works of history.
If you already know lots of Mediterranean history, this may be a good book. It is not for the uninitiated.
The writing style is scholarly, accessible, clear and often quite detailed. Although this tome has at least something for just about every type of history enthusiast, those who, I believe, will enjoy the book the most are those with a passion for the Mediterranean Sea, its peoples and its history throughout the ages.
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Here is a history book with overwhelming details and scholarly depth, and yet it is an easy and pleasurable read. Read morePublished on April 12 2012 by Vlad Thelad