Mediterranean in History

The Mediterranean in History

  1. Edited by David Abulafia
  2. Texts by Oliver Rackham
  • ISBN 9780500292174
  • 28.00 x 21.90 cm
  • Paperback
  • 320pp
  • 308 Illustrations, 161 in colour
  • First published 2016

The Mediterranean has been the meeting-place of the cultures of Europe, Asia and Africa, the battleground of races and nations and the focus of three great religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam

This wonderfully illustrated book, now in paperback, chronicles the rise and fall of Empires from Greece and Rome to Mussolini and Franco

‘A terrific resource for students or for those just interested in the history of the region’ – Timeless Travels
‘The greatest living historian of the Mediterranean’– Andrew Roberts
'Each section is deftly stitched together … Lavish illustrations ensure this book is as much a delight to flick through as to read in-depth'– Current World Archaeology

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David Abulafia, doyen of Mediterranean scholars, has brought together a team of leading specialists from many countries to tell this enthralling and complex story as a connected narrative: from the physical setting, the prehistoric traders and the struggle between Phoenicians, Greeks and Etruscans ending in Roman victory, to the post-Roman nations, the Christian and Islamic powers, domination by England and France, and finally the twentieth century, divided between war and mass tourism.

This study covers all of recorded history, incorporating recent research and tools ranging from linguistics to underwater archaeology, accompanied by spectacular illustrations. Here is the only complete and up-to-date overview of one of the great themes of world history.

David Abulafia has been Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge since 2000 and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge since 1974. He is the author of many books, including the award-winning The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean.