This 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 the 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 Christians. Сербия, соблюдающая нейтралитет до высадки Антанты на Галлиполи - один из запомнившихся мне факапов автора. As opposed to Davies' Europe, The Great Upheaval, Hobsbawn's History of Civilization, A Peace to End All Peace, The Arms of Krupp, etc. The economic significance of the olive. Their unprecedented rule is the focus of Simon Winder's vivid third book, Danubia. Never, if that is the name of the reader 3 of 4 people found this review helpful A fascinating review of the Med If you could sum up The Middle Sea in three words, what would they be? Why did the puff go out of the Venetians? Saved from stagnation by the Straits of Gibraltar, it seems to have been deliberately designed as a cradle of cultures — and this is certainly what it has proved to be. Norwich perhaps when allowed a more leisurely pace would be a delight to read.
Почему хорошая, но не отличная? Historians tend to be less than concise, and this book reminded me of why 600-page history books better be really, really good. Page 400 The Middle Ages are. John Julius Norwich provides brilliant portraits of the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the French, the Venetians, the Popes, and the pirates of the Gulf. Moreover, after the fall of Rome he all but entirely drops the discussion of cultural developments, ethnic interactions, and social forces which had been discussed more thoroughly when dealing with the empires of antiquity. Written in the racy, readable prose for which the author is famous, this is colourful, character-driven history at its most enjoyable. You're a daisy if you waste money on this big ole bag o' fertilizer! Written in the racy, readable prose for which the author is famous, this is colourful, character-driven history at its most enjoyable.
Readers more familiar with the subject will simply find those blunders grating and distracting. Almost anything I say is bound to be inadequate, but here is a listing of the chapters plus a few miscellaneous tidbits to give you some idea of what is discussed in this book: I Beginnings Egyptians, Phoenicians, Crete, Mycenae, Troy, Canaan Palestine , Babylon, etc. It is rich and amusing territory for storytelling, though in this multi-national and multi-century account a bit overwhelming with breeziness--it is broad in scope and yet minuscule in detail, and all this told in perfect dactyls, or are those iambs, or pentameter? The Seven Ages of Paris is a great historian's tribute to a city he loves and has spent a lifetime learning to know. Historian, broadcaster, champion of Venice, he can be viewed almost any day in the year in the Reading Room of the London Library, where he bones up on his facts, and writes his books. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? It nurtured three of the most dazzling civilizations of antiquity, and saw the birth or blossoming of three of our greatest religions; in consequence, the lands surrounding it are richer in painting, sculpture and historic monuments than any comparable area on earth. His capital city of Cordoba he transformed, endowing it with a magnificent palace, a famously beautiful garden and — most important of all — with the Mezquita, its great mosque, begun in 785 on the site of the early Christian cathedral, which when completed was the most sumptuous mosque in the world and still stands today.
Brand New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. John Julius Norwich provides brilliant portraits of the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the French, the Venetians, the Popes, and the pirates of the Gulf. From the Trade Paperback edition. If anyone could come up with a simple narrative of how things happened in the Mediterranean, it would be the man who has travelled and guided other travellers across those wine dark seas for well over half a century. It had no frontiers; if you felt Greek and spoke Greek, then Greek is what you were. Dans son introduction, il affiche clairement son but comme étant «de retracer le sort politique des terres méditerranéennes». He served in the Royal Navy Norwich is the only child of the Conservative politician and diplomat Duff Cooper and of Lady Diana Cooper, a celebrated beauty and society figure.
These they wore continuously, without ever removing them, until they dropped off of their own accord. The events and people who crowd this audiobook guarantee that this is no mere local history. Art, music, sailing rigs, gunpowder: these are a few of the obvious topics; but Julius Caesar, Constantine, Jesus Christ and Roger, the Norman king of Sicily, need their say, too, among a cast of characters which must run into the thousands. While I was very skeptical of a history book without any conventional constraints on its subject I was persuaded by my previous experience with Norwich. In 1964, Norwich left the diplomatic service to become a writer. But his greatest strength is naval and military history: from the Crusades to the expulsion of the Moors from Spain; from Trafalgar to Gallipoli.
In places I became more conf 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. This lively and dramatic book brings roaring to life the grand sweep of 5,000 years of history in the cradle of civilization. Во-вторых возможно это следствие первого - множество ошибок, как в датах, так в фактах. It is in fact a portrait of the heart and soul of America. It is, basically, the usual annotated list of who fought whom in order to rule over whom. I was really looking forward to a history of the Mediterranean which included both shores and a history of the maritime and geographical impact of the sea on the peoples living around it and really it was little more than an historical travelogue.
Nevertheless, the book is somewhat of a disappointment overall. It is an epic narrative, a story as vast and as varied as the city it chronicles, and it underscores that the history of New York is the story of our nation. My favorite history books are those which use a macrohistoric point of view to follow recurring themes and concepts to make a broader point. While I was very skeptical of a history book without any conventional constraints on its subject I was persuaded by my previous experience with Norwich. From the Trade Paperback edition. Lord Norwich's control of his vast and complex subject matter is masterly. Written in the racy, readable prose for which the author is famous, this is colourful, character-driven history at its most enjoyable.
From the Trade Paperback edition. رحلة مشوقة عن العالم القديم تأخذنا على سفينة تجول بنا فى مجاهل تاريخ البحر المتوسط و كيف كان شاهدا ومشاركا فى تشكيل ورسم خريطة وحياة البشر على شواطئه و فى جزره و قيام وأفول ممالك و امبراطوريات. This book was as good as could be expected for such an broad title. I have loved it ever since. This 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 the 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 Christians. In addition to the bibliography there are maps, family trees and illustrations. It does not integrate the various stories into a history of the Mediterranean as a whole.