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Empires of the monsoon : a history of the Indian Ocean and its invaders

Author: Richard Hall
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Until Vasco da Gama discovered the sea-route to the East in 1497-9 almost nothing was known in the West of the exotic cultures and wealth of the Indian Ocean and its peoples: a 16-million-square-mile sea, bordered by civilizations more ancient than those of Greece and Rome, fed by the Indus, Euphrates and many of the world's greatest rivers. For almost a thousand years after the fall of the Roman empire, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hall, Richard Seymour, 1925-
Empires of the monsoon.
London : HarperCollins, 1998
(OCoLC)606166737
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Hall
ISBN: 0006380832 9780006380832 0002159716 9780002159715
OCLC Number: 36714816
Description: xxiii, 575 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Other Titles: History of the Indian Ocean and its invaders
Responsibility: Richard Hall.

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`A triumph: a first class comprehensive narrative of the impact upon the people of the Indian Ocean of those who penetrated it. It is hard to believe that this account of a European epic has any  Read more...

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