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Waning of the Mediterranean, 1550-1870 A Geohistorical Approach

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ISBN-10: 0801887208

ISBN-13: 9780801887208

Edition: 2007

Authors: Faruk Tabak

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Conventional scholarship on the Mediterranean portrays the Inner Sea as a timeless entity with unchanging ecological and agrarian features. But, Faruk Tabak argues, some of the "traditional" and "olden" characteristics that we attribute to it today are actually products of relatively recent developments. Locating the shifting fortunes of Mediterranean city-states and empires in patterns of long-term economic and ecological change, this study shows how the quintessential properties of the basin -- the trinity of cereals, tree crops, and small livestock -- were reestablished as the Mediterranean's importance in global commerce, agriculture, and politics waned. Tabak narrates this history not…    
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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 2/11/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.25" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Faruk Tabak is assistant professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Introduction: Unrelieved Weight of Wealth in the Inner Sea
Of Cities of Saints and Rich Trades
Empires and Empire-Building City-States
City-States and the Inner Sea
Eclipse of the City-States and the Resurfacing of the Mediterranean
Of Malarial Plains and Arboreal Hills
Reversal in the Fortunes of the Plains
New World of the Hills
Conclusion: The Mediterranean between the Leek-Green Sea and the Green Sea