[The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans] Kindle ✓ David Abulafia


Tory Well written I am Especially Interested In Oceans Around interested in oceans around and Asia The hardback is so heavy to hold when around and Asia The hardback is so heavy to hold when but the many maps and illustrations would be diminished in indlePaperback Perhaps but I d expect a broken spineWhatever it s superb The Spice islands have been The Book of Air known as a valued trade destination but The Boundless Sea encompasses the surrounding trading nations For a Eurocentric tradition this is a surprising variation in assumed developments of Middle Eastern east African and Asian sea trade This is the first time. Ury were trading between their far flung islands By the seventh century trading routes stretched from the coasts of Arabia and Africa to southern China and Japan bringing together the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific and linking half the world through the international spice trade In the Atlantic centuries before the littleingdom of Portugal carved out its powerful seaborne empire many peoples sought new lands across the sea the Bretons the Frisians and most notably the Vikings now nown to be the first Europeans to reach North America As Portuguese supremacy dwindled in the late sixteenth century the Spanish The Dutch And the Dutch and the British each successively ruled the wavesFollowing merchants. ,
The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the OceansThis must be one the greatest histories ever writtenIt Is Definitely My Desert Island Choice After Reading The Conclusion definitely my Desert choice After reading the Conclusion felt a sense of bereavement that I had come to the end but immediately ordered book on the Mediterranean A history of cultures on the move exploration settlement interaction and growth The scholarship is vast but accessible Each chapter is a self contained adventure with information about sailing techniues navigational aids personalities an Bought for my husband from his wish list he was very pleased Great world his. WINNER OF THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE 2020A SUNDAY TIMES FINANCIAL TIMES THE TIMES AND BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE BOOK OF THE YEARFor most of human history the seas and oceans have been the main means of long distance trade and communication between peoples for the spread of ideas And Religion As Well As Commerce This religion as well as commerce This traces the history of human movement and interaction around and across the worlds greatest bodies of water charting our relationship with the oceans from the time of the first voyagers David Abulafia begins with the earliest of seafaring societies the Polynesians of the Pacific the possessors of intuitive navigational skills long before the invention of the compass who by the first cent. I have had to write a negative review This IS A REMARKABLE BOOK FROM AN EMINENT HISTORIANI SHOULD a remarkable book from an eminent historianI should realised that illustrations and maps would not come out well or indeed at all And there have beenseveral pages missing So I have bought the hardback version This isn t a review as I have only read a fifth of it it s a complaint that the title is not indexed There is a big index but you can only access it by starting at the beginning and going on until you get to the entry that you want Which is absurd for a book of this size and importance. Explorers pirates cartographers and travellers this size and importance. Explorers pirates cartographers and travellers their uests for spices gold ivory slaves lands for settlement and nowledge of what lay beyond Abulafia has created an extraordinary narrative of humanity and the oceans From the earliest forays of peoples in hand hewn canoes through uncharted waters to the routes now taken daily by supertankers in their thousands The Boundless Sea shows how maritime networks came to form a continuum of interaction and interconnection across the globe 90 per cent of global trade is still conducted by sea This is history of the grandest scale and scope and from a bracingly different perspective not as in history of the grandest scale and scope and from a bracingly different perspective not as in global histories from the land but from the boundless se. .