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The Sea and Civilization

A Maritime History Of The World

By Lincoln P Paine

A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human. 

Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors’ first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. He reacquaints us with the great seafaring cultures of antiquity like those of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India and Southeast and East Asia, who parlayed their navigational skills, shipbuilding techniques, and commercial acumen to establish thriving overseas colonies and trade routes in the centuries leading up to the age of European expansion. And finally, his narrative traces how commercial shipping and naval warfare brought about the enormous demographic, cultural, and political changes that have globalized the world throughout the post–Cold War era.

This tremendously readable intellectual adventure shows us the world in a new light, in which the sea reigns supreme. We find out how a once-enslaved East African king brought Islam to his people, what the American “sail-around territories” were, and what the Song Dynasty did with twenty-wheel, human-powered paddleboats with twenty paddle wheels and up to three hundred crew. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be linked to the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history.

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2013

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9781400044092


Format: Book
Author: Paine, Lincoln P
Summary: "A maritime history of the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The sea and civilization : a maritime history of the world / Lincoln Paine.
Publisher Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Subject: Ocean and civilization Naval history Naval art and science -- History Navigation -- History Sea-power -- History HISTORY / Military / Naval HISTORY / Oceania. TRANSPORTATION / Ships & Shipbuilding / History.
Isbn: 9781400044092 (hardback)
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Format: Book
Author: Paine, Lincoln P.
Summary: "A maritime history of the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The sea and civilization : a maritime history of the world / Lincoln Paine.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Description: xxxv, 744 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Subjects: Ocean and civilization
Subjects: Naval history
Subjects: Naval art and science -- History
Subjects: Navigation -- History
Subjects: Sea-power -- History
Subjects: HISTORY / Military / Naval
Subjects: HISTORY / Oceania.
Subjects: TRANSPORTATION / Ships & Shipbuilding / History.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 661-706) and index.
LCCN: 2013015436
ISBN: 9781400044092 (hardback)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 910.45 Pai