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The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World
 
 
Author
Lincoln Paine.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover, First Edition, Signed Bookplate
ISBN 9781400044092
Pages/Publication Date 744/2013
Daedalus Item Code 39020
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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) In his wave-making revision of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, Lincoln Paine reveals how knowledge, language, religion, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways, beginning with ancient migrations by sea and our first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. Paine demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley, and reacquaints us with the seafaring cultures of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India and Southeast and East Asia, who established thriving overseas colonies and trade routes before the age of European expansion. We find out how a once-enslaved East African king brought Islam to his people, what the American "sail-around territories" were, and what the Song Dynasty did with 20-wheel, human-powered paddleboats that carried up to 300 crewmen. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be linked to the sea.

"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

"Even though the Earth's surface is 70 percent water, historical narratives are usually land-centered. Paine shifts emphasis from land to water in order to correct this imbalance, an approach that takes the reader through history via the seas. He devises a chronological spiral around the world, starting with a recounting of ancient times, before covering the same areas in medieval times, and so on up to the modern era. Paine's highly detailed work encompasses a wide array of topics, from trade and the influence of the sea on warfare and political coalitions, to ship building techniques through the ages, to piracy and slavery. Of particular interest are the intricate alliances and shifting loyalties of ancient Mediterranean cultures, the outsized role of the relatively tiny Spice Islands, the impact the Vikings had on cultural exchange across coastal Europe, and the influence of religion on areas as diverse as trade and maritime law. Readers expecting a naval history will receive much more: a thorough history of the people, the ports, and the cultural activity taking place on the water. Paine has compiled an invaluable resource for salty dogs and land-lubbers alike."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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