Yale University Press
Imported from USA
Europe is, in world terms, a relatively minor peninsula attached to the Eurasian land mass. Yet it became one of the
most innovative regions on the planet, generating restless adventurers who traversed the globe to trade, to explore, and
often to settle. By the fifteenth century Europe was a driving world force, but the origins of its success have until
now remained obscured in prehistory.
In this magnificent book, distinguished archaeologist Barry Cunliffe views Europe not in terms of states and shifting
political land boundaries but as a geographical niche particularly favored in facing many seas. These seas, and
Europeâ€™s great transpeninsular rivers, ensured a rich diversity of natural resources while also encouraging the
dynamic interaction of peoples across networks of communication and exchange. The development of these early Europeans
is rooted in complex interplays, shifting balances, and geographic and demographic fluidity.
Weaving together titanic concepts while remaining sensitive to specifics, Cunliffe has produced an interdisciplinary
tour de force. His is a bold book of exceptional scholarship, erudite and engaging, and it heralds an entirely new
understanding of Old Europe.