The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History

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Wiley, Apr 7, 2000 - History - 776 pages
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The Corrupting Sea is a history of the relationship between people and their environments in the Mediterranean region over some 3,000 years. It offers a novel analysis of this relationship in terms of microecologies and the often extensive networks to which they belong.

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Impenetrable. Here's a typical sample of the writing (picked at random): "Flexible responses ease the tensions created by population levels far higher than any conceivable carrying capacity of the ... Read full review

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How can a book have so many words and say so little? There are some fascinating anecdotal tidbits but, as in so much Classical scholarship, most of the energy is spent trying to dazzle the reader with verbiage. In this case, the effort backfires badly. Utterly lacking in direct succinct argumentation and systematic marshaling of facts.  

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Peregrine Horden is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Nicholas Purcell is Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, St John's College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. They began studying Mediterranean history when both were Fellows of All Souls College, Oxford.

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