A Human History of the Oceans

David Abulafia

05/03/2021 10:30 am
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For most of human history, the seas and oceans have been the main means of long-distance communication between peoples. To this day 90% of global trade is conducted this way and it has been pivotal to the spread of ideas and religion since the Polynesians in the first century. Historian David Abulafia joins us with The Boundless Sea, a book of the year in the Sunday Times and Financial Times and winner of the Wolfson History Prize, charting our relationship with the bodies of water that surround us.

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David Abulafia

David Abulafia is Emeritus Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge. His previous books include Frederick II, The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms and The Great Sea, which has been translated into a dozen languages. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, and in 2003 was made Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana in recognition of his work on Italian and Mediterranean history. He won the 2020 Wolfson History Prize for The Boundless Sea.

Sam Leith

Sam Leith is literary editor at the Spectator, a columnist at the Financial Times and Prospect, and his work appears regularly in the Guardian, The Times and the TLS among others. His books include You Talkin' to Me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama.