The Sea and Civilization

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The Sea and Civilization

A Maritime History of the World

By Lincoln Paine

Vintage, Paperback, 9781101970355, 800pp.

Publication Date: October 27, 2015

Description

A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of the sea revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human."The Sea and Civilization "is a mesmerizing, rhapsodic narrative of maritime enterprise, from the origins of long-distance migration to the great seafaring cultures of antiquity; from Song Dynasty human-powered paddle-boats to aircraft carriers and container ships. Lincoln Paine takes the reader on an intellectual adventure casting the world in a new light, in which the sea reigns supreme. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be linked to the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, "The Sea and Civilization"is a stunning work of history.



About the Author
Lincoln Paine is the author of five books and more than fifty articles, reviews, and lectures on various aspects of maritime history. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Allison.

www.lincolnpaine.com