By Stewart Gordon
Tales of mess ups at sea, even if approximately Roman triremes, the treasure fleet of the Spanish major, or nice transatlantic ocean liners, fireplace the mind's eye as little else can. From the historic sinkings of the giant and the Lusitania to the new capsizing of a Mediterranean cruise send, the examine of shipwrecks additionally makes for a brand new and extremely various figuring out of worldwide background. A heritage of the realm in 16 Shipwrecks explores the age-old, immensely detrimental, over and over romantic, and ongoing means of relocating humans and items around the seven seas.
In recounting the tales of ships and the folks who made and sailed them, from the earliest craft plying the traditional Nile to the Exxon Valdez, Stewart Gordon argues that the sluggish integration of more often than not neighborhood and separate maritime domain names into fewer, greater, and extra interdependent areas bargains a special viewpoint on international background. Gordon attracts a couple of provocative conclusions from his learn, between them that the eu “Age of Exploration” as a unique occasion is just a delusion: over the millennia, many cultures, east and west, have explored far-flung maritime worlds, and applied sciences of shipbuilding and navigation were one of the major drivers of technological know-how and exploration all through background. In a sequence of compelling narratives, A historical past of the realm in 16 Shipwrecks indicates that the improvement of associations and applied sciences that made the terrifying oceans everyday and grew to become unknown seas into well-traveled sea-lanes concerns profoundly in our sleek international.
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A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks by Stewart Gordon