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Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who W
by Pye, Michael

ISBN: 9780241963838
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 400
PUBLICATION DATE: 2.07.2015
DIMENSIONS: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4 centimetres 10.6 ounces

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Michael Pye's The Edge of the World is an epic adventure: from the Vikings to the Enlightenment, from barbaric outpost to global centre, it tells the amazing story of northern Europe's transformation by sea. An utterly beguiling journey into the dark ages of the north sea. A complete revelation...Pye writes like a dream. Magnificent. (Jerry Brotton, author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps). This is a story of saints and spies, of fishermen and pirates, traders and marauders - and of how their wild and daring journeys across the North Sea built the world we know. When the Roman Empire retreated, northern Europe was a barbarian outpost at the very edge of everything. A thousand years later, it was the heart of global empires and the home of science, art, enlightenment and money. We owe this transformation to the tides and storms of the North Sea. The water was dangerous, but it was far easier than struggling over land; so it was the sea that brought people together. Boats carried food and raw materials, but also new ideas and information. The seafarers raided, ruined and killed, but they also settled and coupled. With them they brought new tastes and technologies - books, clothes, manners, paintings and machines. In this dazzling historical adventure, we return to a time that is largely forgotten and watch as the modern world is born. We see the spread of money and how it paved t

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