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European Naval and Maritime History, 300-1500 (A Midland Book) Paperback – 1 Feb 1990

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; Reprint edition (1 Feb 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253205735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253205735
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" ... is a skillful and succinct synthesis of a vast body of material not previously brought together. As a result a number of potential research avenues are opened up." British Archaeological News " ... a model of compression, clarity, and utility for everyone ... " Medievalia et Humanistica "Based on an impressive array of monographs and major works, fresh translations of contemporary chronicles, and reports from modern underwater archaeological sites, this highly informed account ... provides clear evidence of a fruitful multidisciplinary approach to maritime history." American Historical Review "Lewis and Runyan give us a superb book, quite a brilliant synthesis. They are masters of the subject." History " ... a valuable and welcome work... should constitute a highly useful reference to matters maritime for years to come... the many plates are a delight." Speculum " ... an excellent introduction to maritime history for the general reader as well as some fresh insights for the specialist." Journal of Military History " ... tightly reasoned, packed with information and highly recommended." Sea History

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Martime History in the Middle Ages - A Very Detailed Analysis 6 April 2008
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"European Naval and Maritime History" is the best maritime history of the Middle Ages I know of. It begins with the Pax Romana of the Roman Empire under Augustus and includes all European maritime matters until the Age of Discovery. The main point of this book is to show that sea power is the primary necessity for holding a far-flung empire together, and that when naval supremacy is lost, so are nations and empires. For example, first Rome and later her successor Byzantium used sea power to maintain their control over the Mediterranean, and to ensure that grain continued to come to their respective capitals. Then the Moslems, after they had conquered most of the southern Mediterranean and acquired familiarity with sea power, did the same. Next came the Crusader States, which were totally dependent on reinforcement and food from Europe, and the Vikings, whose colonies in the Shetland Isles, Ireland, and Iceland depended on supplies coming from Scandinavia. This concept builds until the Age of Discovery, when the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, English, and French used sea power, which originated in the ancient Mediterranean, in order to build and hold together their own far-flung empires around the globe, continually supplying them with food, labor, and soldiers until they could fend for themselves.

I recommend this book to all, both scholar and layman, as an excellent source on the subject of medieval maritime history, though it was originally published from an academic press, so it is not really a popular history. Incidentally, Tim Runyan is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet in academia, and is a professor at East Carolina University in North Carolina.
Excellent overview 27 Oct 2013
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I was not familiar with medieval maritime history in Europe, and this book gave me a very good grasp of the main events and some ideas of further study.
It is very readable, nicely organized, and clearly well researched. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in boats--it would also be a fun book to read on a cruise of any of the European waters.
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perfect 3 Feb 2013
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Item shipped fast and arrived in perfect conditions, it has been suitable to my needs and I have nothing negative in response.
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