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    The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean) [Pdf/E–book] Ý John Julius Norwich Don’t expect me to write a comprehensive review of this magnificent narrative In about six hundred pages Norwich has covered about five thousand years It would be mad to try and summarize what is already a packed summary I also began this

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    The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean) [Pdf/E–book] Ý John Julius Norwich I reviewed this for someone maybe the Spectator a few years ago like this‘Its character is complex awkward and uniue’ wrote the French historian Fernand Braudel in the preface to the First Edition of his The Med and the Med World in the Age of Philip II ‘No simple biography beginning with date of birth can be written of this sea; no simple narrative of how things happened would be appropriate to its history’ But then no

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    The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean) [Pdf/E–book] Ý John Julius Norwich John Julius Norwich Ê 6 READ There is little point in speculating on how history might have been changed had Constantine Dragases indeed married Maria BrankovichThe Middle Sea is as generous sweeping and relentless as he Mediterranean itself might prove but likely not I am all about half measures this morning We have been given an airport history but one of a relative heft I am not ashamed to admit it filled in gaps I didn't have a clue about the f

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    The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean) [Pdf/E–book] Ý John Julius Norwich READ ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê John Julius Norwich This was a disappointing book I was really looking forward to a history of the Mediterranean which included both shores an

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    READ ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê John Julius Norwich The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean) [Pdf/E–book] Ý John Julius Norwich John Julius Norwich Ê 6 READ I found this book an entertaining read which filled in a few gaps in my knowledge within its stated remit A thoroughly educated student of history would probably regard it as review material only but as a lay reader catching up on the history he never learned at school I found it a pleasant and fairly thorough

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    FREE READ The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean READ ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê John Julius Norwich John Julius Norwich Ê 6 READ This book is reminiscent of one of those tours where today you visit the Eiffel tower tomorrow you rush through the treasures of the Hermitage Museum and the following day you find yourself in the outer Hebrides Having time travelled through

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    FREE READ The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean John Julius Norwich Ê 6 READ READ ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê John Julius Norwich I read this one little by little savoring John Julius Norwich's fluent prose and lively commentary on European history as it impinged on those countries in Europe Asia and Africa bordering on the Mediterranean the middle sea I had previously read his long narrative history of the The Normans in Sicily The Normans in the South 1016 1130 and the Kingdom in the Sun 1130 1194 but he is probably best known for his histories of Byzantium and of

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    The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean) [Pdf/E–book] Ý John Julius Norwich READ ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ê John Julius Norwich John Julius Norwich Ê 6 READ John Julius Norwich radio and television host and prolific author has written his most expansive work yet His past works have focussed primarily on historical Britain or particular areasperiodscivilizations around the Mediterranean; t

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    The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean) [Pdf/E–book] Ý John Julius Norwich 25 starsGood god this was a slog It felt like I was reading this book forever like a realtime reconstruction of Mediterranean history But it is certainly pretty comprehensive My biggest complaint would be that there is no particular perspective or structure on the part of the historian My favorite history books are those which use a macrohist

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READ The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB E Phoenicians the Ancient Egyptians Greece Carthage Rome Byzantium as well as the Borgias and the Medicis Mohammed and El Cid Napoleon and Nelson Moslems Jews and ChristiansThe Middle Sea is not a dry record of facts; it is a rackety read about historical figures dissolute Popes and wily Emperors noble hearted Generals and beautiful Princesses But his greatest strength is naval and military history from the Crusades to the expulsion of the. This book is reminiscent of one of those tours where today you visit the Eiffel tower tomorrow you rush through the treasures of the Hermitage Museum and the following day you find yourself in the outer Hebrides Having time travelled through several centuries on a whirlwind tour of the history of the Mediterranean I am now suffering from a severe case of information overload Don t get me wrong this book is excellent but there is a lot of information to process In places I became confused than enlightened simply because of my own lack of knowledge and the sheer volume of information To be honest I have managed to only absorb a small fraction of the information presented here Fortunately John Julius Norwich has written several books which provide information on specific subjects which will allow me to focus on those topics of particular interest to meEssentially this book is a summary of the history of the Mediterranean starting about 3000BC and continuing to the first half of the twentieth century condensed into 688 pages Almost anything I say is bound to be inadeuate but here is a listing of the chapters plus a few miscellaneous tidbits to give you some idea of what is discussed in this bookBeginnings Egyptians Phoenicians Crete Mycenae Troy Canaan Palestine Babylon etcAncient GreeceThe Golden Age Aeschylus Sophocles Euripides Aristophanes Socrates Plato Aristotle Aristotle was than a philosopher his surviving oeuvre also contains works on ethics history science politics literary and dramatic criticism nature meteorology dreams and a particular interest of his zoology He was in short a polymath perhaps the first in history And he left behind him the first true library a vast collection of manuscripts and maps which was the prototype for Pergamum Alexandria and all the other great public libraries of antiuity Alexander the Great Ptolemy CleopatraRome The Republic Carthage Hannibal Punic Wars Sulla Pompey Marcus Licinius Crassus Gaius Julius Caesar Spartacus Mark AntonyRome The Early Empire Virgil and Horace Roman art and literature vs that of the Greeks plus Roman achievements in law science and engineeringRome s golden age and the Emperor HadrianConstantine and Constantinople When Constantine first set eyes on Byzantium the city was already nearly a thousand years old JustinianGoths Huns Visigoths and VandalsThe Huns For clothing they favoured tunics made from the skins of field mice crudely stitched together These they wore continuously without ever removing them until they dropped off of their own accord Their home was the saddle they seldom dismounted not even to eat or to sleep IslamThe Prophet Mohammed Charles Martel Tari Abdul Rahman and his grandson Abdul Rahman II Abdul Rahman s later years were a good deal tranuil He never succeeded in imposing political unity on Spain but he was a wise and merciful ruler and a deeply cultivated man His capital city of Cordoba he transformed endowing it with a magnificent palace a famously beautiful garden and most important of all with the Mezuita its great mosue begun in 785 on the site of the early Christian cathedral which when completed was the most sumptuous mosue in the world and still stands today The Alhambra Palace complex in Granada Spain Mathematics and medicine geography and astronomy and the physical sciences were still deeply mistrusted in the Christian world in that of Islam they had been developed to a point uneualled since the days of ancient Greece Adelard of BathMedieval Italy The LombardsPepin King of the FranksThe Papal States CharlemagneInvasion of Sicily by North African ArabsThe arrival of the Normans in the south and the de Hauteville family In Roger II Europe saw one of the greatest and most colourful rulers of the Middle Ages Born of an Italian mother raised in Sicily where thanks to his father s principles of total religious toleration Greek and Saracen mingled on eual footing with Norman and Latin in appearance a southerner in temperament an oriental he had yet inherited all the ambition and energy of his Norman forebears and combined them with a gift for civil administration entirely his own His supreme monument is the Palatine Chapel which he built during the 1130s and 1140s on the first floor of the royal palace of PalermoThe Christian Counter AttackThe crusades The Knights of St John and the Templars Louis VII of France and his ueen Eleanor of AuitaineSalah ed Din Saladin Emperor Frederick Barbarossa Richard Coeur deLion of England Philip Augustus of France etc Constantinople in the twelfth century was the most intellectually and artistically cultivated metropolis of the world and the chief repository of Europe s classical heritage both Greek and Roman By its sack Western civilisation suffered a loss far greater than the sack of Rome by the barbarians in the fifth century perhaps the most catastrophic single loss in all history The Two DiasporasStupor MundiFrederick II Holy Roman Emperor known as Stupor Mundi It was impossible to find a subject which did not interest him He would spend hours not only in study but in long disputations on religion philosophy or mathematicsThe Emperor took full control of criminal justice instituted a body of itinerant judges acting in his name curtailed the liberties of the barons the clergy and the towns and laid the foundations of a system of firm government paralleled only in England with similar representation of nobility churchmen and citizens The End of OutremerCharles of Anjou The Sicilian Vespers The French were already hated throughout the Regno both for the severity of their taxation and for the arrogance of their conduct and when on the evening of 30 March a drunken French sergeant began importuning a Sicilian woman outside the Church of Santo Spirito just as the bells were ringing for vespers her countrymen s anger boiled over The sergeant was set upon by her husband and killed the murder led to a riot the riot to a massacre Two thousand Frenchmen were dead by morning The Close of the Middle AgesPhilip the Fair and the TemplarsThe Knights Hospitaller of St JohnThe Black Death It was in 1341 only twenty years after Dante s death that Petrarch was crowned with the poet s laurels on the Capitol but in those twenty years lay all the difference between late medieval scholasticism and the humanism of the Renaissance The Avignon PopesThe Fall of Constantinople Cross gave way to Crescent St Sophia became a mosue the Byzantine Empire was supplanted by the Ottoman Constantinople became Istanbul At twenty one Mehmet II had achieved his highest ambition The Catholic Kings and the Italian Adventure The Spanish Reconuista was making slow progress but the salient date for Spain perhaps one of the most significant dates in all Spanish history was 17 October 1469 which saw the marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragon to his cousin Isabella of Castile Christopher Columbus Cristoforo Colombo of GenoaCharles VIII of France Ludovico Sforza of Milan Girolamo Savonarola Francesco Gonzaga and the BorgiasThe King The Emperor and the Sultan King Francis I of France Charles V Holy Roman Emperor and Suleyman the GreatThe Sack of Rome 1527Barbary and the BarbarossasMalta and CyprusThe siege of MaltaThe Venetians and the struggle for CyprusLepanto and the Spanish Conspiracy And so Lepanto is remembered as one of the decisive battles of the world the greatest naval engagement between Actium fought only some sixty miles away and Trafalgar The expulsion of the Moriscos from SpainThe Spanish Conspiracy For some weeks before the appointed day Spanish soldiers in civilian clothes would be infiltrated in twos and threes into Venice where they would be secretly armed by Bedmar Then when all was in readiness Osuna s galleons flying his own personal standard would advance up the Adriatic and land an expeditionary force on the Lido together with a fleet of flat bottomed barges in which that force would be rowed across the lagoon to the city The Piazza Doge s Palace Rialto and Arsenal would be seized their armouries ransacked to provide additional arms for the conspirators and for any Venetians who might be prepared to lend them support The leading Venetian notables would be killed or held to ransom The remaining chapters areCrete and the PeloponneseThe Wars of Succession The Siege of GibraltarThe Young NapoleonNeapolitan InterludeEgypt After NapoleonThe Settlement of Europe Freedom for GreeceMohammed Ali and North AfricaThe uarantottoRisorgimentThe ueens and the CarlistsEgypt and the CanalThe Balkan WarsThe Great WarThe PeaceThis book is written in the author s signature chatty style and there are extensive notes at the end of each chapter In addition to the bibliography there are maps family trees and illustrations Warrior Women until they dropped off of their own accord Their home was the saddle they seldom dismounted not even to eat or to sleep IslamThe Prophet Mohammed Charles Martel Tari Abdul Rahman and his grandson Abdul Rahman II Abdul Rahman s later years were a good deal tranuil He never succeeded in imposing political Michael Collins unity on Spain but he was a wise and merciful ruler and a deeply cultivated man His capital city of Cordoba he transformed endowing it with a magnificent palace a famously beautiful garden and most important of all with the Mezuita its great mosue begun in 785 on the site of the early Christian cathedral which when completed was the most sumptuous mosue in the world and still stands today The Alhambra Palace complex in Granada Spain Mathematics and medicine geography and astronomy and the physical sciences were still deeply mistrusted in the Christian world in that of Islam they had been developed to a point Loretta Rose uneualled since the days of ancient Greece Adelard of BathMedieval Italy The LombardsPepin King of the FranksThe Papal States CharlemagneInvasion of Sicily by North African ArabsThe arrival of the Normans in the south and the de Hauteville family In Roger II Europe saw one of the greatest and most colourful rulers of the Middle Ages Born of an Italian mother raised in Sicily where thanks to his father s principles of total religious toleration Greek and Saracen mingled on eual footing with Norman and Latin in appearance a southerner in temperament an oriental he had yet inherited all the ambition and energy of his Norman forebears and combined them with a gift for civil administration entirely his own His supreme monument is the Palatine Chapel which he built during the 1130s and 1140s on the first floor of the royal palace of PalermoThe Christian Counter AttackThe crusades The Knights of St John and the Templars Louis VII of France and his A Season of Ten Thousand Noses ueen Eleanor of AuitaineSalah ed Din Saladin Emperor Frederick Barbarossa Richard Coeur deLion of England Philip Augustus of France etc Constantinople in the twelfth century was the most intellectually and artistically cultivated metropolis of the world and the chief repository of Europe s classical heritage both Greek and Roman By its sack Western civilisation suffered a loss far greater than the sack of Rome by the barbarians in the fifth century perhaps the most catastrophic single loss in all history The Two DiasporasStupor MundiFrederick II Holy Roman Emperor known as Stupor Mundi It was impossible to find a subject which did not interest him He would spend hours not only in study but in long disputations on religion philosophy or mathematicsThe Emperor took full control of criminal justice instituted a body of itinerant judges acting in his name curtailed the liberties of the barons the clergy and the towns and laid the foundations of a system of firm government paralleled only in England with similar representation of nobility churchmen and citizens The End of OutremerCharles of Anjou The Sicilian Vespers The French were already hated throughout the Regno both for the severity of their taxation and for the arrogance of their conduct and when on the evening of 30 March a drunken French sergeant began importuning a Sicilian woman outside the Church of Santo Spirito just as the bells were ringing for vespers her countrymen s anger boiled over The sergeant was set Silent Thunder upon by her husband and killed the murder led to a riot the riot to a massacre Two thousand Frenchmen were dead by morning The Close of the Middle AgesPhilip the Fair and the TemplarsThe Knights Hospitaller of St JohnThe Black Death It was in 1341 only twenty years after Dante s death that Petrarch was crowned with the poet s laurels on the Capitol but in those twenty years lay all the difference between late medieval scholasticism and the humanism of the Renaissance The Avignon PopesThe Fall of Constantinople Cross gave way to Crescent St Sophia became a mosue the Byzantine Empire was supplanted by the Ottoman Constantinople became Istanbul At twenty one Mehmet II had achieved his highest ambition The Catholic Kings and the Italian Adventure The Spanish Reconuista was making slow progress but the salient date for Spain perhaps one of the most significant dates in all Spanish history was 17 October 1469 which saw the marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragon to his cousin Isabella of Castile Christopher Columbus Cristoforo Colombo of GenoaCharles VIII of France Ludovico Sforza of Milan Girolamo Savonarola Francesco Gonzaga and the BorgiasThe King The Emperor and the Sultan King Francis I of France Charles V Holy Roman Emperor and Suleyman the GreatThe Sack of Rome 1527Barbary and the BarbarossasMalta and CyprusThe siege of MaltaThe Venetians and the struggle for CyprusLepanto and the Spanish Conspiracy And so Lepanto is remembered as one of the decisive battles of the world the greatest naval engagement between Actium fought only some sixty miles away and Trafalgar The expulsion of the Moriscos from SpainThe Spanish Conspiracy For some weeks before the appointed day Spanish soldiers in civilian clothes would be infiltrated in twos and threes into Venice where they would be secretly armed by Bedmar Then when all was in readiness Osuna s galleons flying his own personal standard would advance Si Dindo Pundido up the Adriatic and land an expeditionary force on the Lido together with a fleet of flat bottomed barges in which that force would be rowed across the lagoon to the city The Piazza Doge s Palace Rialto and Arsenal would be seized their armouries ransacked to provide additional arms for the conspirators and for any Venetians who might be prepared to lend them support The leading Venetian notables would be killed or held to ransom The remaining chapters areCrete and the PeloponneseThe Wars of Succession The Siege of GibraltarThe Young NapoleonNeapolitan InterludeEgypt After NapoleonThe Settlement of Europe Freedom for GreeceMohammed Ali and North AfricaThe Si Dindo Pundido uarantottoRisorgimentThe Wizards Tale III ueens and the CarlistsEgypt and the CanalThe Balkan WarsThe Great WarThe PeaceThis book is written in the author s signature chatty style and there are extensive notes at the end of each chapter In addition to the bibliography there are maps family trees and illustrations

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READ The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Moors from Spain; from Trafalgar to Gallipoli Towns are besieged and sacked Kingdoms are won and lost The narrative covers the glories of Constantinople and Venice and the stirring history of the islands of the Mediterranean Malta Sicily Crete and CyprusThe Middle Sea is the culmination of John Julius Norwich’s long and distinguished career as one of the greatest enthusiasts for anecdotal history and the highways and byways of scholarsh. John Julius Norwich radio and television host and prolific author has written his most expansive work yet His past works have focussed primarily on historical Britain or particular areasperiodscivilizations around the Mediterranean this work weaves together chronologically the rich history of that Middle Sea focussed on the several great civilizations over the centuries and millennia but supplemented with the comings and goings of many many other small and middle powers leaders and peoplesUnfortunately Norwich has chosen as the book s subtitle A History of the Mediterranean and if this is truly his aim he falls short It is a history of conflict in the Mediterranean with politics and religion playing supporting roles but with culture almost non existent On this slightly smaller but still enormous canvas Norwich delivers a very richly detailed and coloured portrait His writing is clear and straightforward with not infreuent sly asides or subtle humour Given the different eras civilizations and languages covered Norwich s expansive lexicon will have readers scrambling freuently for their dictionaries I read the book on an e reader and found myself using its built in services almost every page To complicate matters further many historically significant places are now either small villages or non existent or have had their names changed over time think Constantinople to Istanbul but hundreds of times over and on a smaller scale The included maps and illustrations are helpful but readers will still benefit from either some prior knowledge or some supplementary reference materialAn abridged list of the 33 chapter headings gives an idea of the book s scope Ancient Greece Rome Islam The Two Diasporas The Fall of Constantinople The Catholic Kings and the Italian Adventure Barbary and the Barbarossas The Young Napoleon The Settlement of Europe Mohammed Ali and North Africa Egypt and the Canal The Great WarWhat is apparent even from this selected list is that the level of detail increases dramatically as time progresses Ancient Greece gets one chapter Rome two and Napoleon than two Norwich himself notes in explaining why he chose to end the book at the conclusion of WWI states In the early chapters of this book a century could be covered in a page or two towards the end of it an entire chapter may barely accommodate a decade For readers interested in Norwich s particular focus and who don t expect an eual treatment of all events Norwich is an excellent guide through the Mediterranean s rich history A long but very enjoyable read Dahlia Black using its built in services almost every page To complicate matters further many historically significant places are now either small villages or non existent or have had their names changed over time think Constantinople to Istanbul but hundreds of times over and on a smaller scale The included maps and illustrations are helpful but readers will still benefit from either some prior knowledge or some supplementary reference materialAn abridged list of the 33 chapter headings gives an idea of the book s scope Ancient Greece Rome Islam The Two Diasporas The Fall of Constantinople The Catholic Kings and the Italian Adventure Barbary and the Barbarossas The Young Napoleon The Settlement of Europe Mohammed Ali and North Africa Egypt and the Canal The Great WarWhat is apparent even from this selected list is that the level of detail increases dramatically as time progresses Ancient Greece gets one chapter Rome two and Napoleon than two Norwich himself notes in explaining why he chose to end the book at the conclusion of WWI states In the early chapters of this book a century could be covered in a page or two towards the end of it an entire chapter may barely accommodate a decade For readers interested in Norwich s particular focus and who don t expect an eual treatment of all events Norwich is an excellent guide through the Mediterranean s rich history A long but very enjoyable read

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READ The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB A one volume narrative history of the Mediterranean from Ancient Egypt to 1919 Written in the racy readable prose for which the author is famous this is colourful character driven history at its most enjoyableThis magnificent undertaking tackles a vast subject vast in time from the oldest surviving pyramid to the First World War; vast in geography from Gibraltar to Jerusalem; and vast in culture including as it does the civilizations of th. Don t expect me to write a comprehensive review of this magnificent narrative In about six hundred pages Norwich has covered about five thousand years It would be mad to try and summarize what is already a packed summary I also began this book about a year ago then halfway I put it aside Other readings took over my reading attention not necessarily because they were interesting but because art exhibitions trips courses etc reuired their prompt reading I finally picked it up again and finished it with the determination that I shall read it again taking notes The account is so flowing as it moves from one major historical event to the next that one feels as if gliding at great speed down a playground slide Upon landing at the bottom one then wonders what was thatThis book made it into my handbag last August as I was about to take a plane to Mallorca Friends with a house perched on the Eastern coast of the island had invited me for the celebration of a special birthday What a better place to read this account of the Middle Sea than sitting on a hammock in the middle of it Looking at the beauty of the blues and the sun combined with reading about a broad array of stories in which wars loomed demoralisingly high had a hypnotising effect How could the scenery of such beauty have witnessed for so long so much violenceHypnotising is also the scope and the complexities of the material which Norwich had to tackle in offering us this superb account The proportion of centuries to pages decreases fast About two and a half millennia are dealt with in under thirty pages He chose to finish also after the WW1 because had he continued to the end of WW2 he would have had to add another volume of at least six hundred pages Apart from the acceleration of historical changes which reuired the slowing of the narration another difficulty was selecting the countries and the events which were properly Mediterranean For some countries such as Italy it was clear even if the peninsula was fragmented for a long part of its history And Norwich s explanation of the Risorgimento is one of the fascinating parts of the book Other countries such as Greece are also clearly Mediterranean but as he explains in his preface for several centuries they don t make a distinct presence in his pages since it belonged to either Byzantium or the Ottoman Empire Spain is a tricky case because a great part of its coast is on the Atlantic and it also shifted its interest to the West from the sixteenth century for about three centuries And then the War of Spanish Succession was fought mostly outside its land A similar problem is presented in other conflicts that had the Mediterranean as just one of its scenarios such as its closing episode WW1 view spoiler Norwich identifies three occasions of this world conflict that played out in this region the Dardanelles Salonica and Palestine hide spoiler Teacher Evaluation in Music undertaking tackles a vast subject vast in time from the oldest surviving pyramid to the First World War; vast in geography from Gibraltar to Jerusalem; and vast in culture including as it does the civilizations of th. Don t expect me to write a comprehensive review of this magnificent narrative In about six hundred pages Norwich has covered about five thousand years It would be mad to try and summarize what is already a packed summary I also began this book about a year ago then halfway I put it aside Other readings took over my reading attention not necessarily because they were interesting but because art exhibitions trips courses etc reuired their prompt reading I finally picked it Reticence Custard Protocol #4 up again and finished it with the determination that I shall read it again taking notes The account is so flowing as it moves from one major historical event to the next that one feels as if gliding at great speed down a playground slide Upon landing at the bottom one then wonders what was thatThis book made it into my handbag last August as I was about to take a plane to Mallorca Friends with a house perched on the Eastern coast of the island had invited me for the celebration of a special birthday What a better place to read this account of the Middle Sea than sitting on a hammock in the middle of it Looking at the beauty of the blues and the sun combined with reading about a broad array of stories in which wars loomed demoralisingly high had a hypnotising effect How could the scenery of such beauty have witnessed for so long so much violenceHypnotising is also the scope and the complexities of the material which Norwich had to tackle in offering Peloponnesian War us this superb account The proportion of centuries to pages decreases fast About two and a half millennia are dealt with in Training for the New Alpinism under thirty pages He chose to finish also after the WW1 because had he continued to the end of WW2 he would have had to add another volume of at least six hundred pages Apart from the acceleration of historical changes which reuired the slowing of the narration another difficulty was selecting the countries and the events which were properly Mediterranean For some countries such as Italy it was clear even if the peninsula was fragmented for a long part of its history And Norwich s explanation of the Risorgimento is one of the fascinating parts of the book Other countries such as Greece are also clearly Mediterranean but as he explains in his preface for several centuries they don t make a distinct presence in his pages since it belonged to either Byzantium or the Ottoman Empire Spain is a tricky case because a great part of its coast is on the Atlantic and it also shifted its interest to the West from the sixteenth century for about three centuries And then the War of Spanish Succession was fought mostly outside its land A similar problem is presented in other conflicts that had the Mediterranean as just one of its scenarios such as its closing episode WW1 view spoiler Norwich identifies three occasions of this world conflict that played out in this region the Dardanelles Salonica and Palestine hide spoiler

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  • The Middle Sea A History of the Mediterranean
  • John Julius Norwich
  • English
  • 22 December 2020
  • 9780701176082