The great sea david abulafia 5 stars the great sea is a history of the mediterranean from a human perspective in that it covers the history of the lands surrounding the sea by telling the stories of the peoples who lived there throughout history. The great sea a human history of the mediterranean by david abulafia is a fascinating book if it was a work of fiction or if it was more mythically inclined i would even venture to call it an epic. The great sea deserves a place on the shelf next to braudels classic work shelf awareness david abulafias new book about the mediterranean sea the great sea has everything a major work of history requires. The great sea a human history of the mediterranean is an award winning book by the british historian david abulafia first published in 2011 it is a history of the mediterranean sea from 22000 bc to the present time and provides one of the most comprehensive treatments of the subject since the works of fernand braudel . The great sea by david abulafia review a fascinating study of the mediterranean is full of stories pulled from the flotsam and jetsam of the past nicholas lezard
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