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The Great Sea

The Great Sea

by David Abulafia

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 783 PAGES

Abulafia traces with zest, and an eye for telling details and anecdotes, 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.  (MED179, $24.95)


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The Middle Sea

The Middle Sea


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 720 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A marvelous writer who has already written on Byzantium, Venice and the Sahara, Norwich spins his magic in this story of culture, trade and politics, royalty and rulers, wars and religion in the Mediterranean. (MED98, $21.00)


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