A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1988
A Selection of the History Book Club
"[A] fine, arresting book with a clear and novel thesis and a firm grasp of geography. Good stuff, in short . . . strongly recommended." —William H. McNeill
“The reader will find here useful information and much food for thought; a book of such a broad scope is rare and has much to recommend it.” —Speculum
" . . . encyclopedic . . . there is no book quite like this one." —Choice
" . . . a colorful canvas depicting the torrential movements of Eurasian warriors and merchants on ship-boards and horseback between Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific coasts, between streams of accumulated goods and tensions, religious fervor and insatiable greed . . . "—Ural-Altaic Yearbook
"A healthy antidote to the parochialism that characterizes so much of the run-of-the-mill output of medieval history . . . " —American Historical Review
Emphasizing geographical, maritime, institutional, and economic factors, Lewis presents a wide-ranging story of the complex rise and fall of civilizations and explores new conceptual frontiers in the study of world history.