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The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World Hardcover – 6 Feb 2014

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782393552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782393559
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 6.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Lincoln Paine is the author of four books and more than fifty articles, reviews, and lectures on various aspects of maritime history. He lives in Portland, Maine.


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I like to collect books on how commodities such as salt, cinnamon, cochineal, and indigo were developed in transported from one location to another. However we need to keep in mind that these products even though might have inspired maritime travel it is secondary to those of the people that actually did the traveling.

Lincoln Paine in "The Sea and Civilization" shows how waterways contributed to spreading many of the great cultures of mankind. One of the main parts of the book are the maps. I have a fair knowledge of where things are in the world of today and the world of antiquity. But without a clear picture the names of places are just that the names of places. So pay close attention to the maps in the book will be even more interesting.

The whole book is interesting but if I had to pick a favorite spot it would be the chapter on "The British Global Trade" once again I find it interesting looking at the maps. Conspicuously missing is the Piri Reis map.

There is an extensive bibliography and enough notes to know that Lincoln Paine knows his maritime history. We can also use the bibliography for further reading. Still this book is so compact with information that you will have to probably reread it to remember the small pieces of information that can easily be overlooked.
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By CycleRacing HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2014
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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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Not too far through the book yet, it's a bit of a "dipper into" rather than a solidly sustained read, but everything so far has been lucidly argued, I like the prose syle and I keep coming across stuff I either didn't know about or knew in a fragmentary and disjointed way. I like this a lot, as being entertained whilst being informed is the main reason I read.
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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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Amazon have asked me to review this book before I have finished it, however I am already well into it and finding it hard to put down. It is a brilliant way of telling world history, bringing it to life from analysis of wrecks, ruins, carvings and written material, showing the key role the seas has played.

I cannot recommend it highly enough.

One tiny word of warning though, the beautifully-produced book weighs 1.4 kilos so can be challenging to hold comfortably when reading in bed without a support of any kind.
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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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Be in no doubt that this book will give you value for money. Of door stop proportions and in smallish print I am only just emerging out of the BCE years. 2000 years to go but looking forward to the journey.
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Informative and well researched read which deserves time and concentration in reading to get the best out of this book. Will be used in future for reference as its stacked with facts.
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