The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World Hardcover – 6 Feb 2014
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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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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.
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.
It is a pity one cannot read the illustrations clearly on Kindle - too small !
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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First class book - interesting read for my husband who loves anything about the seaPublished 2 months ago by Mrs Alison Logie