". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World

The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World (2013), by Professor Broodbank, Oxford University Press, is a very large book that I'd love to read, but simply don't have the time to do so presently.

Broodbank is one of the many significant scholars who have built upon Fernand Braudel and the Annales' school of historiography of the Mediterranean and the longue durée, to bring us works of exquisite scholarship that are able to take advantage of contemporary technology that helps map time and space, in geography and archeology as much as history.

It has won awards -- the Wolfson Award for History, been lauded as Best Of the Year and encomiums such as this:
"An outstanding book: the best contribution to Mediterranean history in the sixty-plus years since Braudel's 'The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II.' I suspect that this is immediately going to become the standard work and will transform the way we think about the prehistoric and ancient Mediterranean." --Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University, and author of Why the West Rules -- For Now ~~~
This is the illo that  many reviews reproduce.
It's a big book in scope of content and size of the volume, lavishly illustrated, with a wide variety of images, as well as maps.

How do I know all this, since I don't posses the book at this time, as at this time I don't have the time to read it?  Well, for one thing, I listen to YouTube talking head academic lectures. I treat it them like the audio book versions or pod casts I listen to while cleaning house or working out. But this one isn't just a talking head, it's the illustrations that Prof. Broodbank throws up as slides on the screen. His lecture is a bit over an hour long, and worth listening to, more than once.

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