By Archibald R. Lewis
"[A] tremendous, arresting ebook with a transparent and novel thesis and an organization clutch of geography. good things, in short... strongly recommended." -- William H. McNeill
"The reader will locate the following beneficial details and masses meals for notion; a ebook of this kind of wide scope is uncommon and has a lot to suggest it." -- Speculum
"... encyclopedic... there isn't any ebook particularly like this one." -- Choice
"... a colourful canvas depicting the torrential activities of Eurasian warriors and retailers on ship-boards and horseback among Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific coasts, among streams of collected items and tensions, non secular fervor and insatiable greed... " -- Ural-Altaic Yearbook
"A fit antidote to the parochialism that characterizes loads of the run-of-the-mill output of medieval history... " -- American old Review
Emphasizing geographical, maritime, institutional, and monetary components, Lewis offers a wide-ranging tale of the advanced upward thrust and fall of civilizations and explores new conceptual frontiers within the learn of worldwide history.