Penguin Book

The Boundless Sea

David Abulafia

A history of the seas, and the people who form connections between them.

The vast majority of history books focus on land masses, continents. This book will be quite different. It will look at the oceans, and the smaller seas connected to them, as spaces across which people have made contact, and it will examine the slow transformation of human society as the continents gradually became linked together by regular contact across the open sea. It will not be another history of exploration, from a mainly European perspective. Its concern will be the people who moved back and forth, the goods they brought and the cultural influences that came with them. The book will show that what defines the continents is not the land they cover but the water that separates them, and that the history of our world can only be understood by looking at the lengthy process by which people and ships crossing these expanses of water tied the continents together.

David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Academia Europaea, and in 2003 was made Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana in recognition of his work on Italian and Mediterranean history. His previous book The Great Sea has been translated into 8 languages and was chosen as one of the top 10 books of 2011 by Amazon.

Publication date
  • History
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
32pp colour inset
Oxford University Press Inc
A. M. Heath & Co Ltd
A. M. Heath & Co Ltd
A. M. Heath & Co Ltd
Audio (Unabridged)
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