A Companion to Mediterranean History, part of Wiley Blackwell’s acclaimed Companions to History series has just been published.
The book project, led by editors Peregrine Horden and Sharon Kinoshita, is a culmination of at least three years’ work and a coming together of 29 contributors from across the world.
Each contributor is a specialist in their field, but we are united by an interest, for some a vocation, in testing the Mediterranean paradigm as a way of interrogating the history of the region (including the sea itself) in a meaningful and coherent way.
From climate to nautical technology, and cave dwelling to language, this volume is trailblaizes themes in history unfettered by the conventional parameters of the accepted canons of period, place and politics, or indeed disciplinary expectations.
It is a great credit to the editors that they have succeeded in bringing together such diverse scholars of varying experience, approaches and opinions and produced a coherent and thought-provoking book that will surely be argued over (we hope) by scholars and students alike.
My contribution was the chapter on material culture from prehistory to now, on which I will be writing a separate blog post.
About the book
Mediterranean history has never been more widely debated or practised, yet there remains no consensus about precisely how this history should be written, the definition of its parameters, or the breadth of topics it should include. In summarising the latest scholarship and reappraising key concepts, contributors to this volume enable fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue on subjects ranging from climate and cartography to material culture and heritage politics. A Companion to Mediterranean History represents an invaluable guide to the current state of Mediterranean scholarship that will also help to redefine the field for a new generation.
- Hardcover: 498 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (12 Mar 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470659017
- ISBN-13: 978-0470659014
- Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.6 x 2.8 cm
- RRP £120 Hardcover, £99.99 Ebook.