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The Basque History Of The World
  • Published: 30 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113224
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

The Basque History Of The World




'They are a mythical people, almost an imagined people,' writes Mark Kurlansky. Settled in seven provinces in a corner of France and Spain in a land that is marked on no maps except their own, separated by the daunting Pyrenees Mountains, the Basques are a nation without a country with an ancient and dramatic story that illuminates Europe's own saga. Signs of their civilisation exist well before the arrival of the Romans in 218 BC; many believe they are the original Europeans. Their ancient and forbidden tongue - Euskera - is equally mysterious: it is related to no other language on earth. Yet the Basques' contributions to the world have been clear and remarkable. They have always been a paradoxical blend of inbred tradition and cutting-edge internationalism. Prior to and during the age of exploration, they connected Europe to North and South America, Africa and Asia, and one of their own, Juan Sebastian de Elcano, was the first man to circumnavigate the globe in 1522. Their influence has been felt in religion and in business: they were among the first capitalists, and later led the Industrial Revolution in southern Europe. Mark Kurlansky's passion for the Basque people and his exuberant eye for detail shine throughout. The book blends political, literary, and culinary history into a rich and heroic tale.

  • Published: 30 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113224
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky is the bestselling author of several bestselling nonfiction titles including Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (winner of the Glenfiddich Best Food Book Award), The Basque History of the World, Salt: A World History, 1968: The Year that Rocked the World, a short story collection The White Man in the Tree and a novel, Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue.

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Praise for The Basque History Of The World

History, reportage, travel writing, wisdom and recipes - entertaining and enlightening

Sunday Times

A diligently researched, entertainingly anecdotal and lovingly partisan history

Independent

[An] informative, quirky and delightful book

Express

A riveting [story] told with charm and dexterity

Independent on Sunday

The award-winning author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World takes an equally unconventional and engaging approach to those curmudgeonly nationalists, the Basques... Each chapter...addresses a particular facet of Basque culture...while the whole is punctured with simple but mouth-watering recipes reflecting the glorious tradition of Basque cuisine. Proof - if proof were needed - that learning about history can be fun

Kirkus Review

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