The great sea david abulafia 5 stars the great sea is a history of the mediterranean from a human perspective in that it covers the history of the lands surrounding the sea by telling the stories of the peoples who lived there throughout history. Connecting europe asia and africa the mediterranean sea has been for millennia the place where religions economies and political systems met clashed influenced and absorbed one another. I didnt know this in 1794 the corsican parliament voted for union with great britain to be a self governing community under the sovereign authority of king george iii. The great sea a human history of the mediterranean is an award winning book by the british historian david abulafia first published in 2011 it is a history of the mediterranean sea from 22000 bc to the present time and provides one of the most comprehensive treatments of the subject since the works of fernand braudel. The grand object of travelling dr johnson once observed is to see the shores of the mediterranean all our religion almost all our law almost all that sets us above savages has come to
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