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The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World Asian Review of World Histories 3:1 (January 2015), 153-164 © 2015 The Asian Association of World Historian Book Reviews By Lincoln PAINE New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. 744 pp. ISBN: 978-1400044092 (Hardback) Reviewed by Karen M. TEOH Stonehill College, Massachusetts, USA doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12773/arwh.2015.3.1.153 This is a poignant moment to contemplate the sea, and man- kind’s relationship to it. The pressures of climate change and human activity—from large-scale aquaculture to container ship- ping, from mineral extraction to deep-sea exploration—have af- fected the oceans and the marine life on which we depend, usu- ally not for the better. As Lincoln Paine conclusively demon- strates in this magisterial work, the seas are also a crucial, per- haps even central, point of focus in the story of human civiliza- tion. Paine opens the book by declaring that he wants to change the way we see the world—by re-orienting our attention to the three-quarters of the planet that is blue, and composing a longue durée history that places water, not land, at the center of global development and transformation. The sheer scope and detail of this book alone take Paine a good way towards realizing that goal. Beyond that, however, he also shows http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Review of World Histories Brill

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Asian Review of World Histories , Volume 3 (1): 3 – Jun 29, 2015

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Asian Review of World Histories 3:1 (January 2015), 153-164 © 2015 The Asian Association of World Historian Book Reviews By Lincoln PAINE New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. 744 pp. ISBN: 978-1400044092 (Hardback) Reviewed by Karen M. TEOH Stonehill College, Massachusetts, USA doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12773/arwh.2015.3.1.153 This is a poignant moment to contemplate the sea, and man- kind’s relationship to it. The pressures of climate change and human activity—from large-scale aquaculture to container ship- ping, from mineral extraction to deep-sea exploration—have af- fected the oceans and the marine life on which we depend, usu- ally not for the better. As Lincoln Paine conclusively demon- strates in this magisterial work, the seas are also a crucial, per- haps even central, point of focus in the story of human civiliza- tion. Paine opens the book by declaring that he wants to change the way we see the world—by re-orienting our attention to the three-quarters of the planet that is blue, and composing a longue durée history that places water, not land, at the center of global development and transformation. The sheer scope and detail of this book alone take Paine a good way towards realizing that goal. Beyond that, however, he also shows

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Published: Jun 29, 2015

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