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The boundless sea : a human history of the oceans / David Abulafia
Bib ID 8132719
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Abulafia, David, author
 
Description New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] 
©2019 
xxxii, 1050 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9780199934980 (hardcover)
0199934983 (hardcover)
Summary

"David Abulafia's new book guides readers along the world's greatest bodies of water to reveal their primary role in human history. The main protagonists are the three major oceans-the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Indian-which together comprise the majority of the earth's water and cover over half of its surface. Over time, as passage through them gradually extended and expanded, linking first islands and then continents, maritime networks developed, evolving from local exploration to lines of regional communication and commerce and eventually to major arteries. These waterways carried goods, plants, livestock, and of course people-free and enslaved-across vast expanses, transforming and ultimately linking irrevocably the economies and cultures of Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas"--

Full contents
  • Part one. The oldest ocean : the Pacific, 176,000 BC-AD 1350
  • Part two. The middle ocean : the Indian Ocean and its neighbours, 4500 BC-AD 1500
  • Part three. The young ocean : the Atlantic, 22,000 BC-AD 1500
  • Part four. Oceans in conversation, AD 1492-1900
  • Part five. The oceans contained, AD 1850-2000
  • Museums with maritime collections
  • Further reading.
 
Notes

"First published in Great Britain by Allen Lane"--Title page verso.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 919-983) and index.

Subjects Ocean and civilization -- History.  |  Trade routes -- History.  |  Navigation -- History.

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