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The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World [Kindle Edition]

Lincoln Paine
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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A magnificently sweeping world history that takes us from the people of Oceania and concludes with the container. In contrast to most books on maritime history, the majority of The Sea and Civilization covers the history of the world before Columbus sailed the ocean blue and at least as much of the narrative focuses on Asia as it does on Europe. --Ben Wilson, Daily Telegraph

The Sea and Civilization is, without doubt, the most comprehensive maritime history ever produced... Some of the most exciting history published today is by freelancers like Paine who can ignore the rules of academia --The Times

A brilliantly researched and ambitious affirmation of the sea and civilisation --Philip Hoare, New Statesman

A true expert, Paine offers up treats... and drenches his pages with diverse, immersive detail --Bettany Hughes, Prospect

The most enjoyable, the most refreshing, the most stimulating, the most comprehensive, the most discerning, the most insightful, the most up-to-date - in short, the best maritime history of the world. --Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Elegantly written and encyclopedic in scope, with an expert grasp of the demands of seamanship in every age, The Sea and Civilization deserves a wide readership. --Wall Street Journal

Fascinating and beautifully written . . . Paine steps back from [an] Eurocentric view to tell the story of maritime travel through the entire sweep of human history. . . With its richness of detail, [The Sea and Civilization offers] an eloquent vision of how the sea served as a path to the modern world. --Foreign Affairs

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A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea.

An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history that reveals in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways.

Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. He reacquaints us with the great seafaring cultures of antiquity like those of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India, Southeast and East Asia who parlayed their navigational skills, shipbuilding techniques, and commercial acumen to establish vibrant overseas colonies and trade routes in the centuries leading up to the age of European overseas expansion. His narrative traces subsequent developments in commercial and naval shipping through the post-Cold War era. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be traced to the sea.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17028 KB
  • Print Length: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (22 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GW5DY96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and educational 2 Mar 2014
A well written and interesting book.

A good background and history of our reliance on boats and the water. Still even today the vast majority of trade products travel by sea and it is fascinating to read the background behind this.

Another part I found good is the way this book opened my eyes to was the ways in which history has been made on the sea. Many people seem to have a huge knowledge of history but not enough people realise or recognise the pivotal role that the maritime has played in this.

An interesting book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the Good Research I like to read 21 April 2014
By Gladys
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Basically a thoroughly well researched history - sometimes a bit repetitive - but well written.
It is a pity one cannot read the illustrations clearly on Kindle - too small !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book intresting and very informative 21 Mar 2014
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hi, super book better than expected very good the content has surprised and enlightened all of us thank you terry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Tome 30 Mar 2014
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An amazingly full and detailed history of mankind's development in the use of the seas and oceans to spread civilization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man and the sea. 7 Sep 2014
By Bob G
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A superb history of humanity's mastery of the world's seas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 18 Sep 2014
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Very comprehensive tome - it's what the title says.
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