- Series: Blackwell History of the World
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (October 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405188162
- ISBN-13: 978-1405188166
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,222,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Western Mediterranean and the World: 400 CE to the Present (Blackwell History of the World) 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
From the Straits of Gibraltar to Sicily, the European northern Mediterranean nations to the shores of North Africa, the western Mediterranean is a unique cultural and sociopolitical entity which has had a singular role in shaping today's global society. The Western Mediterranean and the World is the fascinating story of the rise of that peculiar world and of its evolution from the end of the Western Roman Empire to the present. Uniquely, rather than present the history of the region as a strict chronological progression, the author takes a thematic approach, telling his story through a series of vignettes, case studies, and original accounts so as to provide a more immediate sense of what life in and around the Mediterranean was like from the end of the Roman Empire in the West to the present immigration crisis now unfolding in Mediterranean waters. Emphasizing the development of religion and language and the enduring synergies and struggles between Christian, Jews, and Muslims on both shores of the western sea, Dr. Ruiz connects the region to the larger world and locates the development of Mediterranean societies within a global context.
- Describes the move from religious and linguistic unity under Roman rule to the fragmented cultural landscape of today
- Explores the relationship of language, culture, and geography, focusing on the role of language formation and linguistic identity in the emergence of national communities
- Traces the movements of peoples across regions and their encounters with new geographical, cultural, and political realities
- Addresses the emergence of various political identities and how they developed into set patterns of political organization
- Emphasizes the theme of encounters as seen from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish perspectives
While it is sure to become a definitive text for university courses on Mediterranean history, The Western Mediterranean and the World will also have great appeal among scholars of the Mediterranean as well as general readers of history.
About the Author
TEOFILO F. RUIZ, PhD is Distinguished Professor of History and of Spanish and Portuguese Literature, at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. A scholar of the social and popular culture of late medieval and early modern Spain, Dr. Ruiz received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008, and was selected the Faculty Research lecturer for 2011-12. He received a National Humanities Medal in 2011 for his "inspired teaching and writing," a doctor honoris causa from the Universidad de Cantabria, Spain in 2017.
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Unfortunately, this volume does not live up to the promise of its title. It is not so much a history of the Western Mediterranean from 400 C.E. to the present as it is a series of reflections on the geography, languages, cultures and religions, interspersed with much information about the history of individual figures and various events.
The book contains much fascinating material, but it isn't a history book per se, and it meanders from one thought to another somewhat aimlessly.
The book is not badly written. It is poorly organized, however, and the theme of this book is more of a mish mash of ideas than a history.
I expected much more from Wiley Blackwell, usually a publisher of highly informative and exceedingly well done books.
This one, not so much.