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The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World [Kindle Edition]

Cyprian Broodbank

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  • Länge: 672 Seiten
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"Best since Braudel." --Tyler Cowen, The New York Times Magazine"I liked Cyprian Broodbank's The Making of the Middle Sea for its vitality, range and appreciation of the sidelined 'barbarians' without whom the 'great civilizations' of antiquity are intelligible."--Felipe Fernandez-Armeston, The Making of the Middle Sea"An outstanding book: the best contribution to Mediterranean history in the sixty-plus years since Braudel's 'The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II.' I suspect that this is immediately going to become the standard work and will transform the way we think about the prehistoric and ancient Mediterranean." --Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University, and author of Why the West Rules -- For Now"Cyprian Broodbank gives us a masterly synthesis of the complex narratives of the deeper Mediterranean past based on a dazzling array of information from many disciplines. This is the Middle Sea brought alive through its people and its natural history, a brilliant 'longue duree' that shows us just how much Greece, Rome and other later societies owed to earlier millennia. Beautifully written, up-to-date and elegantly argued, The Making of the Middle Sea is a superb exercise in multidisciplinary scholarship which amplifies and expands the classic histories of Fernand Braudel and others and will stand proudly beside them." --Brian Fagan, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, University of California Santa Barbara, and author of The Attacking Ocean and Beyond the Blue Horizon"'Only connect', urged E.M. Forster--he could have had Cyprian Broodbank's Mediterranean cultures specifically in mind, since connectivity is a key theme of this brilliant volume in which the Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at UCL expertly tracks over the very long term the complex traits and processes conducive to the emergence of a Mediterranean


A masterpiece of archaeological and historical writing, 'The Making of the Middle Sea' is extensively illustrated and ranges across disciplines, subject matter and chronology from early humans to the rise of civilizations - Egyptian, Minoan, Mycenaean, Phoenician, Etruscan, early Greek and pan-Mediterranean. It is the only up-to-date, full, interpretive synthesis on the rise of the Mediterranean world from its beginnings to the threshold of Classical times. The author is Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. '... offers us a Mediterranean like nothing we have seen before, in vivid and commanding prose that sweeps majestically across time and space while providing a stunning granularity of detail' - Daniel Lord Smail, Harvard University


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 162596 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 672 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thames and Hudson Ltd (2. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A marvel of a book 16. Januar 2014
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This is a truly extraordinary book -- very long and packed (sometimes densely) with information, but always clearly and even vividly written. The author presents not just information, but differing interpretations, usually (but not always) with his own conclusions, and he is able to maintain long-range chronological connections at the same time that he recounts what was happening in various locations at given moments. The illustrations (pictures of artifacts, maps) are beautiful, and very well integrated with the prose narrative. One of the upshots is that the book makes archeology seem to be a hugely exciting field. I've been reading the book slowly, over a period of several weeks, and I'll be sorry to finish it. But it's a keeper.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Some preliminary comments On the Middle Sea 5. Juni 2014
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This work by Cyprian Broodbank is a large-scale synthesis on the archaeological and historical origins of the Mediterranean, one of the first full-scale analyses to take into account new archaeological and historical evidence. As such it deserves to be read on it's merits. Since I am only partly through it I cannot comment completely on the entire book. This comment is rather intended to speak to those who may have been put off by online reviews of the work that called it 'unreadable'. The author writes from several a perspectives, (archaeological, historical, literary) so the reader should expect that the evidence-as well as as the type and style of argument- will be different than say a regular history of the Mediterranean that does not have such a broad and long duration of time. It may tax readers for this reason- I would argue that is what makes it exhilarating to read. The work is complex, argued over a several different historical periods and utilizing various types of evidence. It is also important to note that much of the evidence that Broodbank presents, although available to experts, has not been available to wider audiences in good formats. The writing is clear, understandable, and the argument coherent. The plates and photographs are an outstanding complement to the text, and really are essential for the argument.
I would simply say that the work won the Wolfson Prize for excellence in history writing and research, and that despite what some skeptics may think this is no mean feat- the Wolfson Prize being given annually for excellence in research and writing. It is a long work, argued over several different time periods and using several types of historical evidence. The writer (to me) is never boring. This is an example of what large-scale works of historical research and synthesis look like, and to they really don't come around that often. It is well-worth the time and attention of students of history. The plates and photographs are outstanding and complement the argument nicely. For those who wish to follow further and have access to a good library or databases, Broodbank has written some outstanding articles on the archaeology of Crete.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A large book 25. März 2014
Von E F Christian Weise - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a large book in more ways than one: it covers a lot of time, from before the Ice Age to 500BC ( the Axial Age ?); it's over 600 pages long; and it weighs over 4 pounds. Not bedside reading!
It tries to tell the history, mainly based on the most recent archaeological findings and their interpretations, of the gradual settlement and use of the Mediterranean Sea and its surrounding landmass towards its progressive integration as one area ( a point Broodbank does not reach, as it happened under Rome). It tries to abandon the traditional historical progression of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Levant, Greece and Rome, w/o really succeeding, by taking a series of sequential snapshots of the total Mediterranean basin. Due to the amount and nature of the evidence, Egypt and Mesopotamia continue to play predominant roles, but Broodbank gives much greater weight to the Levant than is usual. He takes a fresh look at the importance of the Delta of the Nile , its inhabitants and their historical role. The Peoples of the Seas and the debacle of the Mycenaean and Hittite civilization get short shrift and remains a mystery. The Phoenicians, Carthage and Sardinia get bigger roles. Repeatedly the role of the Levant and its trading and or coastal cities is emphasized. He avoids getting involved in ethnicity and languages. He emphasized how early trading in the Mediterranean started, first with obsidian and gradually with other goods, including slaves.
On the minus side, Broodbank is wordy, preciously wordy and a lot of the information, due its scantiness and lack of historical narrative, is not interesting. Requires patient reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen First rate long-range history of the Mediterranean 27. Dezember 2013
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The author doesn't disappoint. This is indeed a welcomed update of Braudel's sweeping history of the area, presenting the much larger picture (including geography, climate, migration patterns, innovations), thus allowing us to view the growth and development of this area in a way that makes sense and helps us to better understand how, why, and when communities flourished, perished, and influenced one another. The maps are highly informative and the graphics excellent including absolutely stunning color photographs. It's not a quick read by any means, like any sound scholarly treatment, but every sentence is a pleasure as the author uses descriptive and precise language to paint a fascinating picture of our predecessors, beginning with our hominid ancestors and cousins. As another commentator has mentioned, this book is HEAVY - providing both a healthy mental and physical workout!
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Sea, The Sea! 16. Juni 2015
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A masterpiece on a vast, appropriate scale. This isn'f for light reading, but magisterial, in the Braudel tradition -- sweeping history illuminated by detailed study of smaller pieces of the mosaic. The writing is very clear, sometimes amusing, and packed (cue in the relevant Mediterranean metaphor here). You really have to plunge into this, it is definitely encyclopaedic -- it's taken me almost a month to get through it, a few pages a day, but it is completely worth it (especially if you can't get to your cunning little pied-à-terre in Monaco this summer, I wish). If you want a fast read go somewhere else. It could serve as the basis for an interdisciplinary degree all by itself. It begins with the geological formation of the Mediterranean and ends about 500 BCE. The illustrations and maps are beyond praise -- they are essential elements of the unfolding story. "The Corrupting Sea" would be a good contemporary follow-up, or (warmed up) head for The Odyssey.
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