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The only complete history of the Mediterranean from the man described by Andrew Roberts as ‘the greatest living historian of the Mediterranean’, now in paperback. David Abulafia has been Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge since 2000 and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge since 1974. He is the author of many books, including the award-winning The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean.

308 illustrations 28.0 x 21.9cm 320pp paperback ISBN 978 0 500 292174 February £16.95

The Mediterranean in History

New in paperback

David Abulafia


For over 4,000 years the Mediterranean was the centre of Western civilization. Geographically, it is a whole world in miniature, an inland sea whose shores encompass every type of terrain and climate. Historically, it has been the meeting-place of the cultures of Europe, Asia and Africa, the battleground of races and nations and the focus of three great religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. David Abulafia, doyen of Mediterranean scholars, has brought together a team of leading specialists from many countries to tell this enthralling and complex story as a connected narrative: from the physical setting, the prehistoric traders and the struggle between Phoenicians, Greeks and Etruscans ending in Roman victory, to the post-Roman nations, the Christian and Islamic powers, domination by England and France, and finally the 20th century, divided between war and mass tourism. This study covers all of recorded history, incorporating recent research and tools ranging from linguistics to underwater archaeology, accompanied by spectacular illustrations. Here is the only complete and up-to-date overview of one of the great themes of world history.

‘The illustrations are magnificent, and not just decorative, but mesh intelligently with the text’ The Sunday Times

Thames & Hudson Spring 2016 Catalogue  
Thames & Hudson Spring 2016 Catalogue