By Patricia M. E. Lorcin,Todd Shepard
While the Mediterranean is frequently thought of a different, unified house, contemporary scholarship at the early glossy historical past of the ocean has urged that this attitude is largely a Western one, devised from the vantage aspect of imperial energy that traditionally patrolled the region’s seas and regulated its ports. against this, for the peoples of its southern shorelines, the Mediterranean used to be polymorphous, moving with the industrial and seafaring exigencies of the instant. still, by way of the 19th century the belief of a monolithic Mediterranean had both been absorbed by means of or imposed at the populations of the region.
In French Mediterraneans editors Patricia M. E. Lorcin and Todd Shepard provide a suite of scholarship that unearths the real French point within the 19th- and twentieth-century construction of the singular Mediterranean. those essays offer a severe research of house and circulate via new techniques to contemplate the maps, migrations, and margins of the ocean within the French imperial and transnational context. via reconceptualizing the Mediterranean, this quantity illuminates the range of connections among locations and polities that hardly ever healthy versions of geographical region allegiances or preordained geographies.
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