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Empires of the Monsoon: A History of the Indian Ocean and Its Invaders

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Until Vasco da Gama discovered the sea-route to the East in 1497-9 almost nothing was known in the West of the exotic cultures and wealth of the Indian Ocean and its peoples. It is this civilization and its destruction at the hands of the West that Richard Hall recreates in this book. Hall's history of the exploration and exploitation by Chinese and Arab travellers, and by ...more
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Published January 1st 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Nov 02, 2012 Arthur rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant read. The amount of detail and research done to compile this book is outstanding.
Superb coverage of early European exploration and colonisation of the Indian Ocean area. Contains many little-known details that are integrated beautifully into this robust and honest (and brutal) history of the region. No holds are barred in recounting the ruthlessness of the age and the travesties against the peoples of the region as they were slaughtered, brutalised and/or enslaved by the region's intruders. However, we soon find that the Europeans were not singular in their practices, many o ...more
Jun 21, 2016 Philip rated it really liked it
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Excellent first read about the fascinating history of the Indian Ocean and a good antidote tot he anglo-centric history of Africa that we grew up with. It details the trade and commerce between the Eastern seaboard of Africa over the last thousand years. Highly recommended.
Jul 30, 2013 René rated it it was amazing
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An excellent overview of the long and, often, violent history of the civilizations living from the richness of the Indian Ocean, no holds barred (the early European explorers, whose exploits made them heroes in Eurocentric history books, were nothing but blood-thirsty savages). The last third of the book is more centered around Africa and forgets the other half of the Indian Ocean, but as it covers some of the ground not covered in other African history books, it still makes for riveting reading ...more
Jan 14, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Excellent overview of history of the Indian Ocean and the lands surrounding it. Probably one of the best overall books on history I've read.
May 31, 2008 Philip rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody coming to the Indian ocean or East Africa
A must for anybody visiting east Africa.

I just re-read this and will do again.
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