Book Reviews Europe between the Oceans: 9000 bc ad 1000. By barry cunliffe. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2008. 480 pp. $45.00 (cloth). Defining Europe has become a popular and constructive pursuit for social scientists. From the trendy to the traditional, the variety of perspectives on Europe's identity, development, and definition encourages us to consider Europe's being and becoming in thought-provoking ways. In Europe between the Oceans, Barry Cunliffe, emeritus professor of archaeology at the University of Oxford, offers his own definition of and insight into Europe, which he calls the "westerly excrescence of the continent of Asia" (p. vii). Cunliffe's geographical perspective, emphasizing Europe's connectivity via seas and waterways, surpasses in scope his last grand survey, Facing the Ocean: The Atlantic and Its Peoples, 8000 bc ad 1500 (2001). In the current volume, Cunliffe's consideration is the whole of Europe, and his central question is why "Europe above all other regions managed to achieve such dominance" (p. vii) during the second millennium. Although Europe stands at its center, this work is not Eurocentric. It is a dramatically shifting story of a mobile and integrated continent, one affected by influences from beyond Europe's borders and
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
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