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Monsoon Seas The Story Of The Indian Ocean

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    Allan Villiers(Author)

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  • PDF | 368 pages
  • Allan Villiers(Author)
  • Nabu Press (September 3, 2011)
  • English
  • 6
  • History

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  • By Frank H. Sanders on December 15, 2012

    Some self-taught authors are outstandingly observant, inquisitive and analytical in their descriptions of peoples and locales, and the author of this book, the Australian captain Alan Villiers, was such a man. He was a renowned seafarer from the late age of sail who documented this age as it was disappearing. His studies and travels carried him to the Indian Ocean, and in this book he combines his own rich experiences in this ocean with its story and place in world history. Villiers introduces his story with the ocean's sometimes obscure geography, bounded by Africa, Asia and Australia. The earliest sea voyages of any length or consequence took place on these open waters and their peripheral seas and bays, carrying the commerce of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, Persia, Greece and Rome. A few intrepid sailors even reached China this way, but Villiers comments that, sadly, we know little of those ancient trips to the Far East. He points out that, although Europeans have often tended to overlook the importance of the Indian Ocean, its location between East, West and Africa has made it pivotal in the history of the world's trade and conquests. Villiers expands on his first-hand knowledge of the ocean and its geography to explain this long and rich seafaring history. Although the Columbian voyages are a focus of most American school programs, Villiers explains how the European entry into the Indian Ocean and subsequent establishment of colonial empires from Africa to China had consequences for world history that were at least as important as anything that Columbus engendered. Especially fascinating is Villiers' description of Indian Ocean trade dating back 4000-5000 years, carrying goods described in Sumerian tablets and the old and new testaments of the Bible. Villiers understood this trade especially well, as he had sailed in the 1930s on Arab dhows that were still conducting the same trade in many of the same goods. Given that this book is so well worth reading, it is slightly unfortunate that it has had to be reproduced photostatically from an original print. The print quality is perfectly good for reading, but the photographic illustrations are sometimes close to illegible. So, while I highly recommend this book, I also recommend two other books by Villiers that contain beautiful photographs that complement this book: "Sons of Sindbad" and "Sons of Sindbad: The Photographs".


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