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5.0 out of 5 stars Comparisons are odious but...
I don't know if we're allowed to compare books, but this is the book "Guns, Germs & Steel" should have been. It makes sense. The thesis that world history is the story of controlling trade in the Indian Ocean works beautifully. It's fairly short, but engaging and clearly written, with fun details and examples. Yes, it's got a desperately uninspiring cover and the...
Published on August 15, 2008 by yankee-in-ca

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1.0 out of 5 stars Find a Different Authority on the Indian Ocean, Please!
After reading many other books about the Indian Ocean, I was expecting a concise, if a bit brief summary of the main events in this ocean's history. After all, that's the title suggests. However, this book is a load of codswallop. The thesis is basically saying that Indian Ocean region has consistently been dominated throughout world history, something that is completely...
Published on February 24, 2009 by S. Roberts-McCabe


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1.0 out of 5 stars Find a Different Authority on the Indian Ocean, Please!, February 24, 2009
This review is from: The Indian Ocean in World History (Themes in World History) (Paperback)
After reading many other books about the Indian Ocean, I was expecting a concise, if a bit brief summary of the main events in this ocean's history. After all, that's the title suggests. However, this book is a load of codswallop. The thesis is basically saying that Indian Ocean region has consistently been dominated throughout world history, something that is completely untrue. Just read Chaudhuri or Pearson--they provide perfect cases to back up my statement. Beyond, Kearney just doesn't get history right, making broad assumptions and generalizations that are worrying in their implications. The writer is a history professor, true, but one that specializes in U.S.-Mexican border relations, not the Indian Ocean or even any area of Asia. Beyond that, there is little to no evidence provided for the entire book--no footnotes or bibliography, just a suggested reading list at the end of each chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comparisons are odious but..., August 15, 2008
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This review is from: The Indian Ocean in World History (Themes in World History) (Paperback)
I don't know if we're allowed to compare books, but this is the book "Guns, Germs & Steel" should have been. It makes sense. The thesis that world history is the story of controlling trade in the Indian Ocean works beautifully. It's fairly short, but engaging and clearly written, with fun details and examples. Yes, it's got a desperately uninspiring cover and the publisher didn't promote it at all. This means a lot of people are missing out. How is anyone to know that this author knows what he's talking about and the world will never look the same again to the reader? Kearney's got all his ducks floating in an Indian Ocean row -- a body of water not even listed in the Index of "Germs & Steels"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history of nations surrounding the Idian Ocean, July 15, 2012
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A well done history of this important region of the world. I especially enjoyed the early chapters about the many centuries before Europe's rise to world power and dominance of Indian Ocean trade. This book provides historical insight into the sources of some of the tensions and conflict in the region today. Well written. I hated to reach the last page.
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The Indian Ocean in World History (Themes in World History) by Milo Kearney (Paperback - December 5, 2003)
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