Black Sea

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Macmillan, Sep 30, 1996 - History - 305 pages
16 Reviews
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History

In this study of the fateful encounters between Europe and Asia on the shores of a legendary sea, Neal Ascherson explores the disputed meaning of community, nationhood, history, and culture in a region famous for its dramatic conflicts. What makes the Back Sea cultures distinctive, Ascherson agrues, is the way their comonent parts came together over the millennia to shape unique communities, languages, religions, and trade. As he shows with skill and persuasiveness, Black Sea patterns in the Caucasus, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Turkey, and Greece have linked the peoples of Europe and Asia together for centuries.

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User Review  - Laurie - Goodreads

One of my most favorite books, Black Sea by Ascherson is difficult to classify. It's an examination of the layers upon layers of geography, civilizations, ecology and history of a parts of the Black ... Read full review

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User Review  - Flora - Goodreads

Accessible, though sometimes slow, introduction to a part of the world rarely covered in American classrooms. My favorite is the lengthy explanation he gives of the Mixoparthenos, aka the Starbucks ... Read full review



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Neal Ascherson, a leading British scholar-journalist, writes for The Independent in London and The New York Review of Books. He is the author of Polish August and The Struggle for Poland, among other books. He lives in London

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