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" The Corrupting Sea is a book that all classicistsshould read." Classical Review <!––end––>

"In their book The Corrupting Sea, Horden and Purcellhave engaged in one of the most relentless intellectualreassessments to have been undertaken in recent times of thehistory of the pre–industrial Mediterranean. One seldom emergesfrom a book as rich as this, having had so many firmly–held notionsshaken out of one′s mind and having glimpsed so many enthrallingnew vistas on a once–familiar past." Professor Peter Brown,Princeton University

"To bring together the economic and social history of so manyperiods and places within the great story of the Mediterranean is aremarkable achievement and Peregrine Horden and Nicholas Purcellshould be congratulated upon it." Professor Colin Renfrew,McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University ofCambridge

"In recreating the Mediterranean for the new millennium, theauthors offer a substantial achievement that challenges manylong–held assumptions not only about the Mediterranean, but alsoabout human relations with the environment and even the very natureof historical writing. It certainly deserves to provoke discussionamong scholars from fields as broad as its own grand scope."Times Higher Education Supplement

"The Corrupting Sea is a book of magisterial synthesisand scholarship – a huge multi–disciplinary literature turned intoa narrative that is at once comprehensive, enjoyable, quirky andthought–provoking." Antiquity

"This book will be indispensable for the serious student of theMediterranean past and present." CHOICE

"This is an important book that presents a powerful and originalmodel of Mediterranean history that will be used, debated, andcriticized by historians of all periods for years to come."English Historical Review

"Horden and Purcell′s new Mediterranean panorama, which willtake a generation of historians to digest and implement, forms oneof those manifest watersheds in the study of antiquity." Journalof Roman Archaeology

"This book amounts to an often fascinating, and unerringlyuseful, compendium." International History Review

"Here a generation of ecological historians ... has led the way.Horden and Purcell have synthesized that literature, extended itsreach into the Middle Ages, and made it accessible to the generalmedievalist." Speculum

"This impressive work synthesizes a vast amount of historical,geographical, archaelogical, and ethnographic knowledge about theMediterranean region." Historical Geography

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The Corrupting Sea is a history of the relationship between people and their environments in the Mediterranean region over some 3,000 years. It offers a novel analysis of this relationship in terms of microecologies and the often extensive networks to which they belong.


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Mediterranean microecological connectivity 2 décembre 2002
Par Cesar Gonzalez Rouco - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Mediterranean microecological connectivity
I like reading history. I enjoy with it. I am not a professional historian. In the last few years I have tried and read books offering a broad scope and general overviews of history such as this one.

In this work, the authors intend to study Mediterranean history as a whole, the history of the region. For them, the Mediterranean is only loosely defined, distinguishable from its neighbours to degrees that vary with time, geographical direction and topic. Its boundaries are not the sort to be drawn easily on a map. Its continuities are best thought of continuities of form or pattern, within which all is mutability.
In that sense, the distinctiveness of Mediterranean history results (they propose) from the paradoxical coexistence of a milieu of relatively easy seaborne communications with a quite unusually fragmented topography of microregions in the sea's coastlands and islands. The different chapters of the book are aimed to impressionistically show some of the prime ingredients in the normal variability and connectivity of Mediterranean microregions: the shifting along a spectrum of possibilities; the fluctuating relations between pastoralism and agriculture; the manipulative state with its taxes and symbols; the mobility of people both voluntarily -economic migration- and compulsory -military service- (not necessarily very distinct); a history of Mediterranean redistribution as inseparable from that of the people (who are often profoundly mobile) who produce, store, process, transport and consume.
The authors also warn that several central topics have been reserved for a Volume 2 to come in the future: climate, disease, demography and the relations between the Mediterranean and other major areas of the globe.
I have rated it four starts. Considering its content, I think it should be five; considering its readability, three (sometimes falling to two, sometimes raising to four).
Other books of "global history" I would recommend to read are "The Rise of the West" by William H. McNeill, "World History. A new perspective" by Clive Ponting, "The Great Divergence", by Kenneth Pomeranz, "The Dynamics of Global Dominance. European Overseas Empires 1415-1980", by David Abernethy and "The History of Government", by S.E. Finer.
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A prequel of Braudel 3 mars 2001
Par Prof. Murray McClellan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Horden and Purcell have produced in The Corrupting Sea a comprehensive overview of the ancient Mediterranean world in the annaliste tradition of Braudel's Mediterranee et le monde mediterraneen a l'epoque de Philippe II. A historian of medicine (Horden) and a classicist (Purcell), the authors develop the thesis that one must examine the microenvironments of the Mediterranean in order to understand the broad trends of the region's culture and history.
This work is a must read for everyone who is interested in the Mediterranean --classicists and medievalists in particular. Every public library in the world would be well advised to purchase a copy. In addition to the narrative that is replete with extensive commentary, the volume has a very useful set of bibliographical essays as well as the normal scholarly apparatus.
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Excellent Resource for Mediterranean Studies Scholars 3 décembre 2009
Par Ivan Vassallo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
An extremely well written book. Rich content in an easily assimilated style. A must for anyone enquiring into the history of the Mediterranean region.
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