A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks
Stewart GordonPaper: $19.95
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|Paper Publication Date:||09/05/2017|
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|E-book Publication Date:||04/22/2015|
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A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks is a great source for readers who seek a broad overview of maritime history.
--The Great Circle, Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History
Gordon explains the background of each type of ship, how it was discovered (in the case of the older vessels), how it came to be in its current state, and why it matters. The author emphasizes the importance of each ship: did its discovery contribute to knowledge of a past civilization? What does it reveal about the politics, economics, and culture of the people who created it? Did its loss result in a significant change in maritime regulations, safety, and shipbuilding practices? These are the questions that defined Gordon’s choices, which demonstrate how maritime history is a significant part of world history. . . . Recommended.
This book provides a unique opportunity for the study of world history with focus on global shipping and maritime transit from earliest times to present. Gordon uses details of shipwreck recoveries and their salvaged cargoes as the basis for his concise discussions of wider period issues, such as technology, environment, and societal change, as his tracks from shipwreck sources offer opportunity for follow up discussion and pair well with world history texts. The book as a whole is an engaging series of single chapter reads, as each chapter differs in its documentation, discussion, and varying approach to global history.
--World History Connected
Innovative approach. . . . Interesting insights.
An informative read in a compelling format, allowing the author to widen his focus from specific maritime sites to their broader contexts during the time periods in which they operated. . . . Gordon has succeeded in bringing important wrecks to light and showing that their importance extends far beyond their strictly maritime realms.
--International Journal of Maritime History
STEWART GORDON is a senior research scholar at the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan and author of eight books, including When Asia Was the World.