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Blue-Water Empire: The British in the Mediterranean since 1800 (Inglés) Tapa dura – 26 ene 2012

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Robert Holland's masterly history of the Mediterranean is a pleasure to read. Blue-Water Empire shows how Britain's mastery of the Middle Sea shaped the modern world, whilst reminding us how profoundly the Mediterranean has influenced the British (Simon Ball (Author Of The Bitter Sea: The Struggle For Mastery In The Mediterranean, 1935-1949))

[A] rich and readable account of the British in the Middle Sea ... As Holland's learned, lucid and enjoyable work makes clear, many British politicians saw the Mediterranean as the pre-eminent global strategic arena, representing the key to victory in Europe and Asia (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)

Blue-Water Empire is an important corrective to current historical amnesia ... it will remain the definitive account of Anglo-Mediterranean history for years to come (Amanda Foreman New Statesman)

Lively and absorbing ... original (Philip Mansel Spectator)

This is an important subject, and it has never before been drawn together into a single coherent narrative ... Blue-Water Empire puts the land, not the sea, at the heart of the story (Literary Review)

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Robert Holland is one of the world's leading historians of the Mediterranean and the author of Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus, 1954-59, and (with Diana Markides) The British and the Hellenes: struggles for mastery in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1850-1960. He holds professorial positions at the Centre for Hellenic Studies in King's College London and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the same University.

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Unexpected and fascinating 21 de febrero de 2012
Por Nicholas Walton - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa dura
I read this book in preparation for an interview with the author for the New Books Network. I had never really thought too much about the subject, as I always thought of the British empire as more of an open-ocean business. However, I was wrong to dismiss it.

Here is the blog post that I wrote to go with the podcast interview:

I have always found something distinctly `un-British' about the Mediterranean. I grew up thinking of the British empire - and British spirit - as being founded upon the open ocean: unconfined, stormy and there to be mastered. A route to the rest of the world and limitless opportunity. The Mediterranean, by contrast, always seemed a bit limp. It had no tides; its main purpose was as a tourist destination; it was (at least on its northern shore) very European in a way that Britain was not. It seemed as cramped as an Italian tourist beach in autumn.

But I was very, very wrong.

That is why reading Robert Holland`s excellent book Blue Water Empire: the British in the Mediterranean since 1800 (Penguin, 2012)was such an eye opener to me. British history has been intimately bound up with the Med, and not just through the odd colonial oddity like Gibraltar or Malta, or through the search for a viable theatre in the Second World War. As Holland argues, it is the British that made the Med into something of a region, rather than a collection of regions. It was where Britain confronted Napoleon, and - many years later - where they found an outlet to take the war to Hitler.

In between, and indeed after, it was a key area for British interests, and a place where British influence was great. You can see the results in modern day Palestine, in Greece, in Egypt. Holland is also particularly good at explaining the history of places such as Cyprus, Corfu, Malta and Gibraltar, where the British empire was a key factor in daily life and nation building.

Near the end of the interview we also touch on the Mediterranean of today, and Robert Holland speaks movingly about the current economic crisis and its impact. He keenly regrets the inability of the states of the Mediterranean to see themselves as neighbours within a region, and the loss of a true pan-Mediterranean identity.

I was wrong about Britain and its relationship to this crucial region, and that's why I both enjoyed reading the book and talking to the author. I hope you enjoy listening just as much.
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Malta and the Med 26 de noviembre de 2014
Por Christopher Kelly - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa blanda
This is a great book to read if you plan on visiting Malta or the Mediterranean anytime soon.

Lord Nelson had himself dismissed Malta as being "a useless and enormous expense". His successor, Admiral Lord Collingwood shared the view and called Malta "the most gossiping, gourmandizing place I ever heard of". Nevertheless, strategically-positioned Malta would remain a British colonial possession for the next 164 years.

Malta was used as a hospital station for troops engaged in the Crimean war and also during the First World War. Nor were the British so foolish as to interfere with the island's devoted Roman Catholic faith.

In 1882 one visitor to Malta wrote...

"Most Englishman at home are so far from warlike sights, that they are apt to forget that their country has after all shown herself great in war as in commerce. But no man can forget that fact as he stands her upon the Baracca of Valletta and looks down upon the grab forts and the ironclad which sleep securely beneath their walls." Source: Blue Water Empire

On June 10, 1943 Il Duce declared war on the Allies. The next day Italian planes began bombing Malta. Joined later by the Luftwaffe, Malta became the most bombed part of the planet during the Second World War. The siege continued for the next three years as Axis forces attempted to starve the island out. The island and its people suffered and fought back. The entire island was awarded the George Cross by King George VI in 1943 -- it is still referred to today by some as the "St. George Island". Malta was used as a springboard by the Allies for their invasion of Sicily and Italy. The Maltese had survived their second great siege.

In 1964 the island gained its independence from Britain.

In 1979 the Royal Navy withdrew its base from Malta. Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi, who supplied the island with cheap oil, attended the ceremony. The strongman "in his arrogant showman form, gave the thumbs down when the Union Jack was lowered." Source: Blue Water Empire, Robert Holland.

In 2008 The Republic of Malta joined the Euro.

Today, happily, Malta is invaded merely by hordes of tourists seeking sun, history, natural beauty, gourmandizing and a warm welcome from the Maltese people.

If you like Blue Water Empire you will also enjoy America Invades America Invades: How We've Invaded or been Militarily Involved with almost Every Country on Earth by Kelly / Laycock.
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A profitable read 20 de diciembre de 2012
Por Donald P Brady - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
Blue Water Empire offers a profitable read that shines light into otherwise obscure corners of European history. A relaxed and pleasant jaunt through the 19th and 20th century Mediterranean.
Five Stars 31 de julio de 2014
Por Terence E Patterson - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
Brilliant!! .... tp

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