By Stewart Gordon
Tales of failures 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 learn of shipwrecks additionally makes for a brand new and extremely assorted realizing of global background. A heritage of the realm in 16 Shipwrecks explores the age-old, immensely unsafe, again and again romantic, and ongoing strategy of relocating humans and items around the seven seas.
In recounting the tales of ships and the folk 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 normally neighborhood and separate maritime domain names into fewer, better, and extra interdependent areas bargains a different standpoint on global historical past. Gordon attracts a few provocative conclusions from his learn, between them that the ecu “Age of Exploration” as a unique 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 technological know-how and exploration all through background. In a chain of compelling narratives, A background of the area in 16 Shipwrecks indicates that the improvement of associations and applied sciences that made the terrifying oceans regularly occurring and became unknown seas into well-traveled sea-lanes concerns profoundly in our glossy international.
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