The Basque History of the World

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Knopf Canada, Jan 1, 2001 - Basques - 400 pages
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"They are a mythical people, almost an imagined people," writes Mark Kurlansky. Settled in seven provinces in a corner of France and Spain in a land that is marked on no maps except their own, separated by the daunting Pyrenees, the Basques are a nation without a country, with an ancient and dramatic story that illuminates Europe's own saga. In prose alive with anecdote (and recipes), Kurlansky unearths the obscure origins of the Basques and charts their clear and remarkable contributions to world history.

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Very interesting overview of Basque history. - Goodreads
Balanced, well-written, full of humour - and recipes. - Goodreads
I found the book interesting but not a page turner. - Goodreads
Very readable and has recipes. - Goodreads
It also has some great recipes. - Goodreads
Bonus points for the recipes! - Goodreads

Review: The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Kurlansky has a tendency to paint the Basques as the good guys and editorialize a little more than I'd like in a history. He also is way more interested in recipes than I am. But overall a good history. Read full review

Review: The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation

User Review  - Naomi - Goodreads

An enjoyable read introducing a fascinating people. Good discussions of how to be a people without a nation and cultivate resilience. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Mark Kurlansky is the author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, a Canadian and international bestseller. He is also the author of A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny, and A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry. He lives in New York City.

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