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On the Ocean: The Mediterranean and the Atlantic From Prehistory to AD 1500

Barry Cunliffe
Format
Book
Published
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Variant Title
Mediterranean and the Atlantic from prehistory to AD 1500
ISBN
9780198757894, 0198757891
Summary
Barry Cunliffe looks at the development of seafaring on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, two contrasting seas; the Mediterranean without a significant tide, enclosed and soon to become familiar, the Atlantic with its frightening tidal ranges, an ocean without end. We begin with the Middle Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers in the eastern Mediterranean building simple vessels to make their remarkable crossing to Crete and we end in the early years of the sixteenth century with sailors from Spain, Portugal and England establishing the limits of the ocean from Labrador to Patagonia. The message is that the contest between humans and the sea has been a driving force, perhaps the driving force, in human history.
Description
vii, 631 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 566-606) and index.
Technical Details
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