The Sea and Civilization

The Sea and Civilization

A Maritime History of the World

Book - 2013
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A retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be linked to the sea.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781400044092
140004409X
Characteristics: [xxxvi], 744 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm

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Sep 18, 2017

A big slab of a book... and as thorough as can be expected from single volume treatment of a huge topic. Each chapter is self-contained and and the style is rather didactic, like one is being talked at rather than drawn in. There are many maps, and they are all at the beginning so that the reader must keep flipping back the front to see where the places are that are being referred to (it becomes a chore by the time one is halfway through the book); it didn't help that the written part did not explicitly refer to a particular map nor that the places referred to in the text sometimes had no corresponding label on the map. There was also no glossary nor diagrams of ships so as to help one understand the ship-related terminology.

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Dec 14, 2013

This is a big read and I certainly could not finish it in one session of borrowing. I read a portion for research, and will buy the book in order to read it in its entirety. It is an excellent book, well thought out and organized, but it is big!

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