Europe Between the Oceans 9000 BC-AD 1000

ISBN-10: 0300170866
ISBN-13: 9780300170863
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/26/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Europe is, in world terms, a relatively minor peninsula attached to the Eurasian land mass. Yet it became one of the most innovative regions on the planet, generating restless adventurers who traversed the globe to trade, to explore, and often to settle. By the fifteenth century Europe was a driving world force, but the origins of its success have until now remained obscured in prehistory. In this magnificent book, distinguished archaeologist Barry Cunliffe views Europe not in terms of states and shifting political land boundaries but as a geographical niche particularly favored in facing many seas. These seas, and Europe's great transpeninsular rivers, ensured a rich diversity of natural resources while also encouraging the dynamic interaction of peoples across networks of communication and exchange. The development of these early Europeans is rooted in complex interplays, shifting balances, and geographic and demographic fluidity. Weaving together titanic concepts while remaining sensitive to specifics, Cunliffe has produced an interdisciplinary tour de force. His is a bold book of exceptional scholarship, erudite and engaging, and itheralds an entirely new understanding of Old Europe.

Barry Cunliffe, a professor of European archaeology at the University of Oxford, is the author of several books on the Romans and on Celtic and Iron Age Europe. He lives in Oxford, England.

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