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Abulafia, David

Overview
Works: 114 works in 606 publications in 9 languages and 10,588 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Reference works  Military history  Conference papers and proceedings  Pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Honoree, Publishing director
Classifications: D117, 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 )

62 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,570 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 )

62 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,034 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 )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 933 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 )

22 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 903 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 )

21 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a study of the economic development of different areas of twelfth-century Italy whose commercial interests were closely inter related: the Norman Kingdom of Sicily, famed for the wealth of its rulers, and the maritime ports of Genoa, Pisa and Venice, which were actively extending their trading interests throughout the Mediterranean."--Back Cover
Church and city, 1000-1500 : essays in honour of Christopher Brooke( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 459 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
Italy in the central Middle Ages : 1000-1300 by David Abulafia( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eleventh to the early fourteenth centuries saw a great transformation in the political, cultural and economic life of the Italian peninsula, marked by the rise of the autonomous city-states in the north and centre, the expansion of international trade, and the creation of a wealthy southern kingdom which reached the peak of its power in this period, before fragmenting in two in the late thirteenth century. It was also the period in which the various dialects that we now callthe Italian language came into being, and in which Tuscan in particular became the vehicle for impressive literary in
The New Cambridge medieval history by Michael Jones( Book )

63 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A Mediterranean emporium : the Catalan kingdom of Majorca by David Abulafia( Book )

22 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 399 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
Medieval frontiers : concepts and practices by David Abulafia( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Italy, Sicily, and the Mediterranean, 1100-1400 by David Abulafia( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The French descent into Renaissance Italy, 1494-95 : antecedents and effects by David Abulafia( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commerce and conquest in the Mediterranean, 1100-1500 by David Abulafia( Book )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mediterranean encounters, economic, religious, political, 1100-1550 by David Abulafia( Book )

13 editions published in 2000 in 3 languages and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new Cambridge medieval history by David Abulafia( Book )

41 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in English and held by 209 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 of the Mediterranean world between about 1198 and 1300. Comprehensive coverage of the developments in western Europe is balanced by attention to the east of Europe, including the Byzantine world, and the Islamic lands in Spain, north Africa and the Levant. Thematic articles look at the fine arts, the vernacular, communications and other aspects of a period in which the frontiers of Latin Christendom were expanding vigorously outwards; and attention is paid to the frontier societies that emerged in Spain, the Baltic and the Mediterranean islands
The new Cambridge medieval history by Paul Fouracre( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering the transitional period between the later Roman world and the early Middle Ages, this title offers a comprehensive survey of history in the 6th and 7th centuries, covering Ireland in the west to the rise of Islam in the Middle East, and from Scandinavia in the north to the Mediterrranean south.--Résumé de l'éditeur
Spain and 1492 : unity and uniformity under Ferdinand and Isabella by David Abulafia( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mediterraneum : splendour of the medieval Mediterranean, 13th-15th centuries by Museu d'Història de Catalunya( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il duomo di Monreale : lo splendore dei mosaici by David Abulafia( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in Italian and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The western Mediterranean kingdoms, 1200-1500 : the struggle for dominion by David Abulafia( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A pioneering account of the dynastic struggle between the kings of Aragon and the Angevin kings of Naples, which shaped the commercial as well as the political map of the Mediterranean and had a profound effect on the futures of Spain, France, Italy and Sicily. David Abulafia does it full justice, reclaiming from undeserved neglect one of the formative themes in the history of the Middle Ages
 
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The great sea : a human history of the Mediterranean
Alternative Names
Abulafia, D 1949-

Abulafia, David 1949-

Abulafia, David S 1949-

David Abulafia britischer Historiker

David Abulafia Brits mediëvist

David Abulafia brytyjski historyk

David Abulafia storico britannico

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Frederick II : a medieval emperorThe Mediterranean in historyThe discovery of mankind : Atlantic encounters in the age of ColumbusThe two Italies : economic relations between the Norman kingdom of Sicily and the northern communesChurch and city, 1000-1500 : essays in honour of Christopher BrookeItaly in the central Middle Ages : 1000-1300The New Cambridge medieval historyA Mediterranean emporium : the Catalan kingdom of Majorca