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The Great Sea
by David Abulafia
- 783 PAGES
Abulafia traces with zest and an eye for telling detail and anecdote the sweep of Mediterranean history from the time of Troy to the mid 19th century. He argues that the great port cities -- Alexandria, Trieste, 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.