The Making of the Middle Sea

A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World

Author: Cyprian Broodbank

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500292082

Category: Archaeology

Page: 672

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The Mediterranean has been for millennia one of the global cockpits of human endeavour. World-class interpretations exist of its Classical and subsequent history, but there has been remarkably little holistic exploration of how its societies, culture and economies first came into being, despite the fact that almost all the fundamental developments originated well before 500 bc. This book is the first full, interpretive synthesis for a generation on the rise of the Mediterranean world from its beginning, before the emergence of our own species, up to the threshold of Classical times. Extensively illustrated and ranging across disciplines, subject matter and chronology from early humans and the origins of farming and metallurgy to the rise of civilizations - Egyptian, Levantine, Hispanic, Minoan, Mycenaean, Phoenician, Etruscan, early Greek - the book is a masterpiece of archaeological and historical writing.

By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean

The Birth of Eurasia

Author: Barry Cunliffe

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199689172

Category: Civilization

Page: 530

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By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean is nothing less than the story of how humans first started building the globalized world we know today. Set on a huge continental stage, from Europe to China, it is a tale covering over 10,000 years, from the origins of farming around 9000 BC to the expansion of the Mongols in the thirteenth century AD. An unashamedly 'big history', it charts the development of European, Near Eastern, and Chinesecivilizations and the growing links between them by way of the Indian Ocean, the silk Roads, and the great steppe corridor (which crucially allowed horse riders to travel from Mongolia to the Great Hungarian Plainwithin a year). Along the way, it is also the story of the rise and fall of empires, the development of maritime trade, and the shattering impact of predatory nomads on their urban neighbours. Above all, as this immense historical panorama unfolds, we begin to see in clearer focus those basic underlying factors - the acquisitive nature of humanity, the differing environments in which people live, and the dislocating effect of even slight climatic variation - which havedriven change throughout the ages, and which help us better understand our world today.

Across the Corrupting Sea

Post-Braudelian Approaches to the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean

Author: Cavan Concannon,Lindsey A. Mazurek

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131718579X

Category: History

Page: 254

View: 1084


Across the Corrupting Sea: Post-Braudelian Approaches to the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean reframes current discussions of the Mediterranean world by rereading the past with new methodological approaches. The work asks readers to consider how future studies might write histories of the Mediterranean, moving from the larger pan-Mediterranean approaches of The Corrupting Sea towards locally-oriented case studies. Spanning from the Archaic period to the early Middle Ages, contributors engage the pioneering studies of the Mediterranean by Fernand Braudel through the use of critical theory, GIS network analysis, and postcolonial cultural inquiries. Scholars from several time periods and disciplines rethink the Mediterranean as a geographic and cultural space shaped by human connectivity and follow the flow of ideas, ships, trade goods and pilgrims along the roads and seascapes that connected the Mediterranean across time and space. The volume thus interrogates key concepts like cabotage, seascapes, deep time, social networks, and connectivity in the light of contemporary archaeological and theoretical advances in order to create new ways of writing more diverse histories of the ancient world that bring together local contexts, literary materials, and archaeological analysis.

A Companion to Mediterranean History

Author: Peregrine Horden,Sharon Kinoshita

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118519337

Category: History

Page: 504

View: 8044


A Companion to Mediterranean History presents awide-ranging overview of this vibrant field of historical research,drawing together scholars from a range of disciplines to discussthe development of the region from Neolithic times to thepresent. Provides a valuable introduction to current debates onMediterranean history and helps define the field for a newgeneration Covers developments in the Mediterranean world from Neolithictimes to the modern era Enables fruitful dialogue among a wide range of disciplines,including history, archaeology, art, literature, andanthropology

Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean

Author: Charles Freeman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199651922

Category: Art

Page: 759

View: 7144


Covering more than four thousand years of ancient history, from the early Egyptians to the dawn of Byzantium, an illustrated introduction to the Mediterranean's three major civilizations examines their links and traces their influence up to the present day. UP.

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

View: 9638


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The Times history of the world

Author: Richard Overy

Publisher: Collins


Category: History

Page: 424

View: 9574


"The history of the world is replete with conflict, change, revolution and innovation. Yet, there are points in history at which we can draw close parallels between our past and present. Our history shapes the way we live today, even as we might strive to break away from the bounds of the past." "With a narrative scope beginning with human origins around 5 million years ago, and ending with global communications and the economy and environment in the modern age, The Times History of the World is a superb accomplishment. The body of the text is a chronological sweep across the history of the world, split geographically and thematically." "In addition, historian Richard Overy gives us his opinions in an exclusive extended article which enables him to freely explore the lessons the world has learnt from history, as well as the ways in which the world is constantly changing. He shows how the world has in a sense, become smaller, as communications and technology become more and more prevalent, but how wars and conflicts, poverty and religion, can still drive us apart. Concluding with thoughts on what will be the dominant factors driving the world in the future, Richard Overy gives us a rare opportunity to consider world history in one magnificent sweep."--BOOK JACKET.