"Whether or not readers agree with the author that the Mediterranean 'has played a role in the history of civilization that has far surpassed any other expanse of sea,' this comprehensive, scholarly study contains much food for thought."
Abulafia (Mediterranean History/Cambridge Univ.; The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus
, 2008, etc.) provides a "history of the Mediterranean Sea, rather than a history of the lands around it."
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