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The corrupting sea : a study of Mediterranean history / Peregrine Horden and Nicholas Purcell.


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Horden, Peregrine.
Publication date:
Oxford ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
  • Book
  • xiii, 761 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [642]-736) and index.
  • Introduction. Acknowledgements. Note on References and Abbreviations. Lists of Illustrations. Part I: 'Frogs Round a Pond': Ideas of the Mediterranean: 1. A Geographical Expression. 2. A Historian's Mediterranean. Part II: 'Shory Distances and Definite Places : Mediterranean Microecologies: 3. Four Definite Places. 4. Ecology and the Larger Settlement. 5. Connectivity. Part III: Revolution and Catastrophe: 6. Imperatives of Survival: Diversify, Store, Redistribute. 7. Technology and Agrarian Change. 8. Mediterranean Catastrophes. 9. Mobility of Goods and People. Part IV: The Geography of Religion: 10.'Territories of Grace'. Part V: 'Museums of Man': The Uses of Social Anthropology: 11.'Mists of Time': Anthropology and Continuity. 12.'I also Have a Moustache' : Anthropology and Mediterranean Unity. Bibliographical Essays. Consolidated Bibliography. Index.
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Publisher's Summary:
The Corrupting Sea is a history of the relationship between people and their environments in the Mediterranean region over some 3,000 years. It advocates a novel analysis of this relationship in terms of microecologies and the often extensive networks to which they belong. This is the first major work since Braudel's The Mediterranean to address the problems of studying the area as a whole and on a long time-scale. The authors emphasize the value of comparison between prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages. They draw on an exceptionally wide range of evidence - literary works, documents, archaeology, scientific reports and social anthropology. The themes addressed include past conceptions of the Mediterranean, its historiography, the history of primary production, the rhythms of exchange and communication, the pace of environmental and technological change, the geography of religion, and the contribution of Mediterranean social anthropology to an assessment of the region's unity. The book offers a provocative and innovative approach to the history of the Mediterranean, explaining what has made Mediterranean history distinctive.
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Purcell, Nicholas.

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