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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.