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The Sea: A Cultural History Paperback – 1 Aug 2013

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; Reprint edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780231849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780231846
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is the book that I have been waiting for--an anthropologist's exploration of man's engagement with the sea. In this brilliant analysis John Mack shows us that innate inquisitiveness has driven humans to challenge the sea creating one of the great dynamics energizing the human story. "The Sea" is essential reading for all with an interest in the remarkable story of humankind."--Barry Cunliffe

--Barry Cunliffe

This is the book that I have been waiting for an anthropologist s exploration of man's engagement with the sea. In this brilliant analysis John Mack shows us that innate inquisitiveness has driven humans to challenge the sea creating one of the great dynamics energizing the human story. The Sea is essential reading for all with an interest in the remarkable story of humankind. Barry Cunliffe
--Barry Cunliffe"

"'I am a part of the sea and the sea is part of me, ' muses a Torres Straits elder, and John Mack brings readers to just such recognition of their own places in the world. In his able hands, seas become places and not merely The Great Between. They have their own histories, and demand sophisticated technologies of exploration, exploitation, and intellectual fathoming. Through many years of museum scholarship, Mack has perfected a grand, sweeping vision matched by delight in deepest detail, and here he tells compelling stories about 'ships as societies, ' 'sea gypsies, ' and the hundred named 'seamarks' in open water known to residents of Mabuiag Island. Welcome aboard!" Allen F. Roberts, University of California, Los Angeles
--Allen F. Roberts"

About the Author

John Mack is Professor of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia.


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