By Lincoln Paine
A enormous retelling of global heritage during the lens of maritime company, revealing in breathtaking intensity how humans first got here into touch with each other by means of ocean and river, lake and circulate, and the way items, languages, religions, and whole cultures unfold throughout and alongside the world's waterways, bringing jointly civilizations and defining what makes us such a lot human.
Lincoln Paine takes us again to the origins of long-distance migration via sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the serious position of maritime exchange to the civilizations of historic Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. He reacquaints us with the good seafaring cultures of antiquity like these of the Phoenicians and Greeks, in addition to these of India and Southeast and East Asia, who parlayed their navigational abilities, shipbuilding suggestions, and advertisement acumen to set up thriving in another country colonies and exchange routes within the centuries best as much as the age of eu enlargement. and eventually, his narrative strains how advertisement delivery and naval war led to the big demographic, cultural, and political adjustments that experience globalized the realm in the course of the post--Cold battle era.
This vastly readable highbrow experience indicates us the realm in a brand new gentle, within which the ocean reigns excellent. we discover out how a once-enslaved East African king introduced Islam to his humans, what the yank "sail-around territories" have been, and what the tune Dynasty did with twenty-wheel, human-powered paddleboats with twenty paddle wheels and as much as 300 workforce. chiefly, Paine makes transparent how the increase and fall of civilizations will be associated with the ocean. An accomplishment of either nice sweep and illuminating element, the ocean and Civilization is a gorgeous paintings of background.
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At the greatest of cliff cities (Mesa Verde) the people began to build a temple to the sun. It sat upon a crown of the mesa between valley and sky. Using the skin-colored stone of the place, they quarried and shaped their blocks and raised their walls in expert masonry. The temple contained many rooms. The largest was a round one in the center. Little junipers whose shape echoed the pull of the wind grew all about the temple. Close to its doors the mesa's cliffs swept away to the valley floor far below.
Implements were made in the ceremonial chambers to be used on the day of the group prayer which was held in the plaza of the town. All persons, young and old, worked toward the day. Men and women could not lie together for a certain period before it. Only certain foods might be eaten. For several days before, those who were going to take part made sure to vomit many times a day. The dancing ground was swept clean. If there was any refuse about the houses it was taken away. Thoughts were put in order too.
The mountains were holy places; temples standing forever which held up the sky. Gods lived in them, and other supernaturals. The priests of the people went to the mountains to call upon the deities of the four points of the compass. The various pueblo groups identified their sacred mountains differently. For one of them, the northern one was Truchas Peak; the eastern one was the Lake Peak of the Santa Fe range; the southern one was the Sandia range, which they called Okupinn, turtle mountain; the western one was Santa Clara Peak of the Jemez range, which they called the mountain covered with obsidian.
The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine