The sea as a super accelerator of history

David Abulafia writes a monumental story of how humanity has become related to the oceans and how navigation changed his life

Thor Heyerdahl, crossing the Pacific on the raft ‘Kon-Tiki’, in 1952.ULLSTEIN BILD / GETTY

Updated Tuesday, May 25, 2021 –

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Unlimited sea. A human history of the oceans (edited by Criticism) is one of those gigantic books (1391 pages) that requires a patient reading strategy: instead of considering it as an exhausting whole in its erudition, Sea without limits works well as a treasure in which peck one afternoon here or there for the next 10 years. Any suggestions, a chapter to start with? “I was especially amused by the chapter on the colonization of the Atlantic islands: Madei

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