David's Reviews > Holy War: How Vasco da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations

Holy War by Nigel Cliff
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This book is a lively account of the voyages of exploration in the East, notably those of Vasco da Gama, who was much more successful than Columbus. Coming off the reconquest of Iberia, these fellows were intrepid, inured to suffering, and quite ruthless.

Although he retraced much of these journeys, i don't have total faith in the author's historiography or his conventionally globalist editorializing, but it's a fascinating tale on many levels. Can't really tell because the sources aren't annotated. See: Camões, The Lusiads. Much about navigation, culture contact, economics, and religion. Recommended if you like this sort of thing, as I do.
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Reading Progress

August 16, 2013 – Shelved
August 16, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
May 2, 2017 – Started Reading
May 2, 2017 – Shelved as: world-history
May 2, 2017 –
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May 6, 2017 – Finished Reading

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