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Abulafia, David

Works: 122 works in 442 publications in 6 languages and 9,511 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Military history  Conference proceedings  Church history 
Roles: Editor, Other, Publishing director, Contributor, Honoree
Classifications: DE71, 909.09822
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Most widely held works by David Abulafia
The great sea : a human history of the Mediterranean by David Abulafia ( Book )
27 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a history of human interaction and cultural relations in the Mediterranean Sea region, from prehistoric times to the present day
Frederick II a medieval emperor by David Abulafia ( Book )
24 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and held by 1,260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Sicily, King of Jerusalem, has, since his death in 1250, enjoyed a reputation as one of the most remarkable monarchs in the history of Europe. His wide cultural tastes, his apparent tolerance of Jews and Muslims, his defiance of the papacy, and his supposed aim of creating a new, secular world order make him a figure especially attractive to contemporary historians. But as David Abulafia shows ... Frederick was much less tolerant and far-sighted in his cultural, religious, and political ambitions than is generally thought. Here, Frederick is revealed as the thorough traditionalist he really was: a man who espoused the same principles of government as his twelfth-century predecessors, an ardent leader of the Crusades, and a king as willing to make a deal with Rome as any other ruler in medieval Europe. -- Frederick's realm was vast. Besides ruling the region of Europe that encompasses modern Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, eastern France, and northern Italy, he also inherited the Kingdom of Sicily and parts of the Mediterranean that include what are now Israel, Lebanon, Malta, and Cyprus. In addition, his Teutonic knights conquered the present-day Baltic States, and he even won influence along the coasts of Tunisia. Abulafia is the first to place Frederick in the wider historical context his enormous empire demands. Frederick's reign, Abulafia clearly shows, marked the climax of the power struggle between the medieval popes and the Holy Roman Emperors, and the book stresses Frederick's steadfast dedication to the task of preserving both dynasty and empire. ... Frederick emerges as less of the innovator than he is usually portrayed. Rather than instituting a centralized autocracy, he was content to guarantee the continued existence of the customary style of government in each area he ruled: in Sicily he appeared a mighty despot, but in Germany he placed his trust in regional princes, and never dreamed of usurping their power. Abulafia shows that this pragmatism helped bring about the eventual transformation of medieval Europe into modern nation-states."
The Mediterranean in history by David Abulafia ( Book )
23 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contained in this history of the "Great Sea" are the stories of the birth of Western Civilization, the clash of warring faiths, and the rivalries of empires. David Abulafia leads a team of eight distinguished historians in an exploration of the great facts, themes and epochs of this region's history: the physical setting; the rivalry between Carthaginians, Greeks, and Etruscans for control of the sea routes; unification under Rome and the subsequent break up into Western Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam; the Crusades; commerce in medieval times; the Ottoman resurgence; the rivalry of European powers from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries; and the globalization of the region in the last century. The book departs from the traditional view of Mediterranean history, which placed emphasis on the overwhelming influences of physical geography on the molding of the region's civilizations. Instead, this new interpretation regards that physical context as a staging ground for decisive action, and at center stage are human catalysts at all levels of society-whether great kings and emperors, the sailors of medieval Amalfi, or the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. The authors do more than simply catalogue the societies that developed in the region, but also describe how these groups interacted with one another across the sea, enjoying commercial and political ties as well as sharing ideas and religious beliefs. This richly illustrated book offers contemporary historical writing at its best and is sure to engage specialists, students, and general readers alike
The discovery of mankind : Atlantic encounters in the age of Columbus by David Abulafia ( Book )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Emphasizing contact between peoples rather than the discovery of lands, and using archaeological findings as well as eye-witness accounts, David Abulafia explores the social lives of the inhabitants of the Atlantic World, the motivations and tensions of the first transactions and the swift transmutation of wonder to vicious exploitation. Lucid, readable and scrupulous, this is a work of humane engagement with a period in which a tragically violent standard was set for European conquest of the world."--Jacket
The two Italies : economic relations between the Norman kingdom of Sicily and the northern communes by David Abulafia ( Book )
16 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Italy in the central Middle Ages : 1000-1300 ( Book )
13 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Church and city, 1000-1500 : essays in honour of Christopher Brooke ( Book )
9 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This volume of essays is intended as a tribute to the distinguished medieval historian Christopher Brooke. It addresses new questions in areas of medieval history which Professor Brooke has made his own: urban life and religious life." "The fourteen essays explore the coexistence of religious ideas and ecclesiastical institutions with urban practices and townspeople. They span five hundred years of the history of western Christendom, ranging from Magdeburg to Majorca, and from Cambridge to Cluny. The essays break new ground in a number of areas in medieval history: in economic history, the history of ideas, and the history of religious institutions. The contributors have been attuned throughout to the complex interactions of groups and ideas within urban space. The book also contains a bibliography of Christopher Brooke's writings and an appreciation of his work."--Jacket
A Mediterranean emporium : the Catalan kingdom of Majorca by David Abulafia ( Book )
15 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Situated astride the trade routes of the western Mediterranean, the Catalan kingdom of Majorca has long deserved attention. It was established under the will of King James I of Aragon, who conquered Majorca in 1229, but was ruled from 1276 to 1343 by a cadet dynasty. In addition to the Balearic islands the kingdom included the key business centres of Montpellier and Perpignan, and other lands in what is now southern France. It was also home to important Jewish and Muslim communities, and was the locus of immigration from Catalonia, Provence and Italy. This book emphasises the major transformations in the trade of the Balearic islands from the eve of the Catalan conquest to the Black Death, and the effect of the kingdom's creation and demise on the economy of the region. Links between the island and mainland territories, and as far afield as England and the Canaries, are analysed in depth
The western Mediterranean kingdoms, 1200-1500 : the struggle for dominion by David Abulafia ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Medieval frontiers : concepts and practices ( Book )
10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Commerce and conquest in the Mediterranean, 1100-1500 by David Abulafia ( Book )
14 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Italy, Sicily, and the Mediterranean, 1100-1400 by David Abulafia ( Book )
18 editions published in 1987 in 3 languages and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The French descent into Renaissance Italy, 1494-95 : antecedents and effects ( Book )
6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mediterranean encounters, economic, religious, political, 1100-1550 by David Abulafia ( Book )
12 editions published in 2000 in English and Multiple languages and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The new Cambridge medieval history ( Book )
21 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The fifth volume of The New Cambridge Medieval History brings together studies of the political, religious, social and economic history of the whole of Europe and the Mediterranean world between 1198 and 1300
The New Cambridge medieval history ( Book )
15 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains a comprehensive history of Europe from 500 to 1500 AD. and a guide to medieval life and thought
The New Cambridge medieval history by Timothy Reuter ( Book )
6 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Spain and 1492 : unity and uniformity under Ferdinand and Isabella by David Abulafia ( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The new Cambridge medieval history by David Abulafia ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Herrscher zwischen den Kulturen : Friedrich II. von Hohenstaufen by David Abulafia ( Book )
4 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in German and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Abulafia, D. 1949-
Abulafia, David, 1949-
Abulafia, David S. 1949-