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MEDITERRANEAN HISTORY AS GLOBAL HISTORY

DAVID ABULAFIA
History and Theory
Vol. 50, No. 2 (May 2011), pp. 220-228
Published by: Wiley for Wesleyan University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41300080
Page Count: 9
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MEDITERRANEAN HISTORY AS GLOBAL HISTORY
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Abstract

Mediterranean history, and the history of other closed seas, is seen here as the experience of those who traversed the sea and arrived as decentered aliens on the other side. Mainly these have been men, with merchants generally as pioneers who introduced the goods, ideas, and religion of one region to another. From antiquity onwards, port cities such as Carthage, Alexandria, Smyrna, and Livorno acted as links among the three continents facing the Mediterranean, and visitors from other lands were sometimes free to roam, sometimes ghettoized.

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