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Facing the ocean : the Atlantic and its peoples, 8000 BC-AD 1500

Author: Barry Cunliffe
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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"It is not often that a new idea enters the world of ancient and medieval history, but in Facing the Ocean Barry Cunliffe presents a fresh approach that will change our view of the European past. After many years of research and fieldwork, he has come to believe that the peoples of Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Spain, Portugal, and Gibraltar all share an identity shaped by thousands of years of living along  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Cunliffe
ISBN: 0192853554 9780192853554 0199240191 9780199240197
OCLC Number: 224087148
Notes: Originally published in 2001.
Description: viii, 600 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, 1 color portrait ; 24 cm
Contents: Perceptions of the ocean --
Between land and sea --
Ships and sailors --
The emergence of an Atlantic identity : 8000-4000 BC --
Ancestors and ritual landscapes : 4000-2700 BC --
Expanding networks and the rise of the individual : 2700-1200 BC --
Sailors on the two oceans : 1200-200 BC --
Restating identity : 1200-200 BC --
The impact of Rome : 200 BC-AD 200 --
Migrants and settlers in the early middle ages : AD 200-800 --
The coming of the Northmen --
New Centres, new peripheries : AD 1000-1500 --
The Longue Durée.
Responsibility: Barry Cunliffe.

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The people living along the Atlantic facade of Europe have usually been regarded as peripheral to the main stream of European development. This text explores the identity and remarkable achievements  Read more...

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