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By Stewart Gordon

ISBN-10: 1611685400

ISBN-13: 9781611685404

Tales of mess ups at sea, even if approximately Roman triremes, the treasure fleet of the Spanish major, or nice transatlantic ocean liners, hearth the mind's eye as little else can. From the historic sinkings of the mammoth and the Lusitania to the new capsizing of a Mediterranean cruise send, the examine of shipwrecks additionally makes for a brand new and extremely diverse figuring out of worldwide historical past. A heritage of the realm in 16 Shipwrecks explores the age-old, immensely detrimental, over and over romantic, and ongoing technique 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 slow integration of almost always neighborhood and separate maritime domain names into fewer, better, and extra interdependent areas bargains a distinct point of view on international heritage. Gordon attracts a couple of provocative conclusions from his examine, between them that the ecu “Age of Exploration” as a novel occasion is just a fantasy: 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 technology and exploration all through background. In a chain of compelling narratives, A background of the area in 16 Shipwrecks exhibits that the advance of associations and applied sciences that made the terrifying oceans conventional and grew to become unknown seas into well-traveled sea-lanes concerns profoundly in our glossy international.

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