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A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks (edição: 2024)

de David Gibbins (Autor)

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"From renowned underwater archaeologist David Gibbins comes an exciting and rich narrative of human history told through the archaeological discoveries of twelve shipwrecks across time. The Viking warship of King Cnut the Great. Henry VIII's the Mary Rose. Captain John Franklin's doomed HMS Terror. The SS Gairsoppa, destroyed by a Nazi U-boat in the Atlantic during World War II. Since we first set sail on the open sea, ships and their wrecks have been an inevitable part of human history. Archaeologists have made spectacular discoveries excavating these sunken ships, their protective underwater cocoon keeping evidence of past civilizations preserved. Now, for the first time, world renowned maritime archeologist David Gibbins ties together the stories of some of the most significant shipwrecks in time to form a single overarching narrative of world history. A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks is not just the story of those ships, the people who sailed on them, and the cargo and treasure they carried, but also the story of the spread of people, religion, and ideas around the world; it is a story of colonialism, migration, and the indominable human spirit that continues today. From the glittering Bronze Age, to the world of Caesar's Rome, through the era of the Vikings, to the exploration of the Arctic, Gibbins uses shipwrecks to tell all. Drawing on decades of experience excavating shipwrecks around the world, Gibbins reveals the riches beneath the waves and shows us how the treasures found there can be a porthole to the past that tell a new story about the world and its underwater secrets"--… (mais)
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Título:A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks
Autores:David Gibbins (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Press (2024), 304 pages
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In his book, A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks, David Gibbons, underwater archeologist, gives a fascination look at history from the 2nd millennium BCE to WWII through the exploration of shipwrecks. He looks at what is known of each ship’s provenance, where it originated, where it had been before it sank, what it is known about its cargo including what has survived, and a bit of the history of the area where the ship was found and little bit about important historical events of the time.

I enjoyed this book quite a lot but, as other reviewers have pointed out it reads in parts much like a text book and could be rather dry in some places. And, like any book, that covers large periods of history, some is bound to resonate more than others based on the reader’s specific interests. Still, for anyone interested in snapshot portraits of various periods of history, underwater archeology, or the evolution of commerce and/or shipbuilding through the ages, it is well worth a read.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and St Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review ( )
  lostinalibrary | May 18, 2024 |
Not a light beach read. Gibbins gives a detailed history of the period around each wreck as well as an inventory of what was found. There are wonderful description of what each item was intended for, inventory numbers, the trade or fight involved in it's sailing and sinking. It's fascinating but reads like a textbook. A history lovers dream but in order to appreciate the detail involved it takes time & effort.

The story is part autobiography, part human history, part ship building techniques, part naval history. It's a wondrous tome for a history buff but casual readers will not be engaged.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance reader copy of this story. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

#AHistoryoftheWorldinTwelveShipwrecks #DavidGibbins # St.Martin'sPress #Netgalley #navalhistory #shiphistory #Archaeology ( )
  FDarlene491 | May 16, 2024 |
This could have been a really fascinating book, but I think the author took the wrong approach in the presentation and organization of the history. This felt very text book, with few events or characters standing out in the sea of facts.
I listened to this on audio, which may also have hampered my enjoyment. I thought for sure an AI was narrating, the vocal rhythm was so punctuated and choppy. I do not recommend the audio. ( )
  KallieGrace | May 8, 2024 |
I loved that each of the Twelve Shipwrecks had a unique story to tell. With hundreds on record and even more yet to be discovered, David Gibbins has chosen each one with a discerning eye. Personal favorites include the Dover Wreck, the oldest seagoing vessel ever found; the Marzamemi Wreck which contained 28 marble columns fit for a Byszantine Church; and the Belitung Wreck, which contained 57,000 Changsha bowls and priceless metals. And of course the legendary Wreck of the Mary Rose! Others include the Uluburun Wreck, the Plemmirio Wreck, the Roskilde Wreck, the Santo Christo de Castel, the Royal Anne Galley, the HMS Terror and the SS Gairsoppa.

However, this one required some effort to get through. Factually, it is flawless, and Gibbins is clearly a master of the field. Structurally though, it is cumbersome and needs refinement. First, Gibbins introduces the shipwreck and describes what was found. He then posits where it was sailing to and from. These portions are great, but you have to sift through a lot to find them. To include as much "world" as possible, Gibbins incorporates temporally adjacent events or loosely tied literary references. A single artifact may be the only link to several pages of surplus information. I often found myself simply googling the shipwreck to stay on track. This book would greatly benefit from footnotes and illustrations. I recommend having a notebook and an encyclopedia to assist with the archaeological terminology. Thankfully Gibbins' enthusiasm and passion for shipwrecks convinced me to stick with it. There's an excellent book buried here, but like an archaeologist you have to have the patience to dig it up. ( )
  asukamaxwell | Apr 16, 2024 |
A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks by David Gibbins is a highly recommended history based around 12 shipwrecks written by an expert in both archaeology and diving. In the prologue Gibbons makes it clear that the twelve shipwrecks he covers provide a springboard for looking at the wider historical context. Shipwrecks are unique because it represents a collection of objects used at the time of the shipwreck and thus can be closely dated. This can offer new historical insights into the past.

The shipwrecks examined are: The Dover Boat constructed in 1575-1520 BC; Royal cargoes at the time of Tutankhamun in 14th century BC and the Uluburun wreck; a Classical Greece wreck off the Aegean coast of Turkey from the 5th century BC; a shipwreck in the Mediterranean from the Roman Empire in the 2nd century AD; 6th century AD Christianity and early Byzantium; Tang China, the Land of Gold, and Addasid Islam in the 9th century AD; 11th century AD Viking warship of King Cnut the Great; the Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII, 1545;the Santo Christo de Castello a Dutch ship from 1667; The Royal Anne Galley, 1721; the HMS Terror, 1848; and the SS Gairsoppa, destroyed by a Nazi U-boat in the Atlantic during World War II. (The final version will include illustrations, an index, bibliography, endnotes, and resources.)

These shipwrecks are the starting point to a larger discussion of world history. It is well-researched and includes many ties into a wider historical context of the time the ship would have been sea worthy. The people, the cargo, the spread of the materials they carried and the beliefs they held are all tied together with the 12 significant shipwrecks and the insight they provide into the times in which they sailed.

Admittedly, I found some of the shipwrecks and their historical context more interesting than others, but A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks will appeal to those who enjoy history and especially maritime history. Thanks to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advance reader's copy via NetGalley. My review is voluntary and expresses my honest opinion.
http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2024/03/a-history-of-world-in-twelve-shipwrecks.h... ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Mar 16, 2024 |
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The historian Fernand Braudel in his book The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II wrote that the sea "is the greatest document of its past existence." When he first published those words in 1949, he could not have known how true they would become. The aqualung, or self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba), had only been perfected a few years earlier by Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gagnan.... This book is not the history of the world based on twelve shipwrecks, not is it solely an account of twelve ships; it is a history of the world, in which the wrecks provide a springboard for looking at the wider historical context. -Prologue
On 28 September 1992 a remarkable discovery was made in Dover, the port on the south coast of England next to the famous White Cliffs. Six metres below the present road surface, workers differing a shaft for a stormwater pump uncovered ancient timbers. The archaeologists who had been monitoring the work immediately called a halt to the digging and went down to investigate. The timbers lay beneath the medieval town wall and a Roman timber breakwater, built at the time when Dover was the base for the fleet that patrolled the English Channel. That meant that the timbers were likely to date to at least the Iron Age, more than two thousand years ago, before the Romans arrived. -Chapter 1, Early sea traders of prehistory in the 2nd millennium BC
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What a Scene of dismal Horror / There was seen when this was o're / Bodies floating on the Ocean / By the Waves were drove on Shore, / And the Country People running, / Striving who should get the most, / Stripping all without Distinction / Tis the Custom of the Coast / One Gentleman was drove on Shore, / 'Bout Whom they found a thousand Pound / Whose Name's supposed to be Crosier / By Writings in his Pockets found: / Likewise they say the Lord Belhaven / Having on a Diamond Ring / His Shirt mark'd B, the floating Ocean, / Did to Shore his Body bring.
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"From renowned underwater archaeologist David Gibbins comes an exciting and rich narrative of human history told through the archaeological discoveries of twelve shipwrecks across time. The Viking warship of King Cnut the Great. Henry VIII's the Mary Rose. Captain John Franklin's doomed HMS Terror. The SS Gairsoppa, destroyed by a Nazi U-boat in the Atlantic during World War II. Since we first set sail on the open sea, ships and their wrecks have been an inevitable part of human history. Archaeologists have made spectacular discoveries excavating these sunken ships, their protective underwater cocoon keeping evidence of past civilizations preserved. Now, for the first time, world renowned maritime archeologist David Gibbins ties together the stories of some of the most significant shipwrecks in time to form a single overarching narrative of world history. A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks is not just the story of those ships, the people who sailed on them, and the cargo and treasure they carried, but also the story of the spread of people, religion, and ideas around the world; it is a story of colonialism, migration, and the indominable human spirit that continues today. From the glittering Bronze Age, to the world of Caesar's Rome, through the era of the Vikings, to the exploration of the Arctic, Gibbins uses shipwrecks to tell all. Drawing on decades of experience excavating shipwrecks around the world, Gibbins reveals the riches beneath the waves and shows us how the treasures found there can be a porthole to the past that tell a new story about the world and its underwater secrets"--

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