A Companion to Mediterranean History presents a wide-ranging overview of this vibrant field of historical research, drawing together scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss the development of the region from Neolithic times to the present. * Provides a valuable introduction to current debates on Mediterranean history and helps define the field for a new generation * Covers developments in the Mediterranean world from Neolithic times to the modern era * Enables fruitful dialogue among a wide range of disciplines, including history, archaeology, art, literature, and anthropology
Sharon Kinoshita is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is Co-Director of the UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies, and Co-Director of the UC Multicampus Research Project in Mediterranean Studies. Her publications include Medieval Boundaries: Rethinking Difference in Old French Literature (2006). Peregrine Horden is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is co-author, with Nicholas Purcell, of The Corrupting Sea (2000), and author of Hospitals and Healing from Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages (2008).
List of Figures viii Notes on Contributors ix Acknowledgements xiv Introduction 1 Peregrine Horden Part I Climate and Vegetation 9 1 The Mediterranean Climate 11 Fredric Cheyette 2 The Vegetative Mediterranean 26 Paolo Squatriti Part II Turning Points and Phases 43 3 Mediterranean Prehistory 45 Cyprian Broodbank 4 The Ancient Mediterranean 59 Nicholas Purcell 5 The Medieval Mediterranean 77 Dominique Valerian 6 The Early Modern Mediterranean 91 Molly Greene 7 Mediterranean Modernity? 107 Naor Ben-Yehoyada 8 Po-Mo Med 122 Michael Herzfeld Part III Politics and Power 137 9 Thalassocracies 139 David Abulafia 10 Nautical Technology 154 Ruthy Gertwagen 11 Piracy 170 Clifford R. Backman 12 Cartography 184 Emilie Savage-Smith Part IV Settlement and Society 201 13 Settlement Patterns 203 John Bintliff 14 Cave Dwelling 219 Valerie Ramseyer 15 Family and Household 234 Paola Sacchi and Pier Paolo Viazzo 16 Disease 250 Robert Sallares 17 Forms of Slavery 263 Youval Rotman Part V Language and Culture 279 18 Material Culture 281 Tehmina Goskar 19 Visual Culture 296 Cecily J. Hilsdale 20 Mediterranean Literature 314 Sharon Kinoshita 21 Lingua Franca 330 Karla Mallette 22 Hybridity 345 Steven A. Epstein Part VI Religions in Conflict and Co-existence 359 23 Ethno-Religious Minorities 361 Brian A. Catlos 24 Shared Sacred Places 378 Maria Couroucli 25 Jews 392 Fred Astren Part VII the Mediterranean and a Wider World 409 26 The Mediterranean and the Atlantic 411 Teofilo F. Ruiz 27 The Mediterranean and Africa 425 Ray A. Kea 28 The Mediterranean and Asia 441 Nicholas Doumanis 29 The Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean 457 Elizabeth Ann Pollard Index 475
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