Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC to AD 1000 (Hardback)
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Short Description for Europe Between the Oceans Europe became one of the most innovative regions on the planet, bearing restless adventurers who traversed the globe to trade and often to settle. This book sees Europe not in terms of states and shifting land boundaries, but as a geographical niche particularly favoured in facing many seas.
- Published: 02 September 2008
- Format: Hardback 480 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780300119237 ISBN 10: 0300119232
- Sales rank: 141,844
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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, bearing restless adventurers who traversed the globe to trade 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, the distinguished archaeologist Barry Cunliffe sees Europe not in terms of states and shifting land boundaries, but as a geographical niche particularly favoured in facing many seas. These and the great transpeninsular rivers ensured a rich diversity of natural resources, and encouraged the interaction of dynamic peoples across networks of communication and exchange. The development of these early Europeans is rooted in complex interplays, shifting balances, geographic and demographic fluidity.Weaving together titanic concepts while remaining sensitive to the specific incidence, this is a tour de force. A bold book of exceptional scholarship and an erudite and engaging narrative, "Europe Between the Oceans" heralds an entirely new understanding of Old Europe.