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The Middle Sea by John Julius Norwich
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Apr 14, 2016

it was ok
bookshelves: european-history, history
Read from July 02 to 03, 2011

This was a disappointing book. I was really looking forward to a history of the Mediterranean which included both shores and a history of the maritime and geographical impact of the sea on the peoples living around it and really it was little more than an historical travelogue.

The work focused on more traditional histories of the people on the Med and offers nothing new.

If you are unfamiliar with Southern European history this is a good intro. But, if you are interested in a comprehensive history of the Med this isn't it. The work is hamstrung by a powerful Euro-centric sensibility and pretty much discounts the southern inhabitants of the sea and wholly ignores the importance and impact of the Black Sea.

Very disappointing....but a good noob intro to South European History.

Not really worth the time it would take to read.
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