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The Great Sea by David Abulafia
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Aug 06, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 11 to July 14, 2012

Abulafia argues the Mediterranean has been "probably the most vigorous place of interaction between different societies on the face of this planet," and after the reading The Great Sea it's hard to disagree. I love this sort of very broad sweep of history type of books and The Great Sea is one of the best I've read. Abulafia writes well, he doesn't talk down to the reader despite an immense breadth and depth of learning and on the whole it's a satisfying read although somewhat dense. It's not something to read when you're tired. I found the Classical Greek & Roman period a little hard to follow but I suspect that was simply because I was more familiar with the medieval period onwards as that's what I studied at uni.

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