New Book: A Military History of the Mediterranean Sea, Aspects of War, Diplomacy and Military Elites

Edited by Georgios Theotokis, University of Athens, and Aysel Yildiz, Sabanci University

The Mediterranean has always attracted the imagination of modern historians as the epicentre of great political entities, such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans, Venetians, and Spanish. However, it seems that the sea itself was always on the margins of historical inquiry – at least, until the publication of the famous two-volume work by F. Braudel in 1949, which profoundly shaped the understanding of how societies living around the Mediterranean interacted in a single period of history, offering what David Abulafia has coined “a horizontal history of the Mediterranean.” This collection of essays aims to offer a rather vertical history of war in the Mediterranean Sea, from the early Middle Ages to the early modernity, putting the emphasis on the changing face of several different aspects and contexts of war over time.
Contributors are Stephen Bennett, Stathis Birtachas, Cornel Bontea, Wayne H. Bowen, Lilia Campana, Raffaele D’Amato, Elina Gugliuzzo, Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, Savvas Kyriakides, Tilemachos Loungis, Alan V. Murray, Chrysovalantis Papadamou, Jacopo Pessina, Philip Rance,
Georgios Theotokis, Iason Tzouriadis, Ian Wilson, and Aysel Yildiz.

Biographical note
Georgios Theotokis, Ph.D in History (2010, University of Glasgow), is a historian specialising in the military history of the eastern Mediterranean in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. He has published on the history of conflict and warfare in Europe and the Mediterranean in the medieval and early modern periods, including Norman Campaigns in the Balkans 1081-1108 (2014).
Aysel Yıldız, Ph.D. in History (2008, Sabancı University). specializes in late Ottoman history and palaeography, with a focus on political and military history and social movements. Her publications include Crisis and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire: The Downfall of a Sultan in the Age of Revolution (2017), and (as co-editor) War and Conflict in the Mediterrenean: A Collection of Papers (2017) .

Anyone interested in the socio-political and military history of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding regions, from Late Antiquity to early modernity.

Expected Date: April 2018

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