Empires of the Sea
Maritime Power Networks in World History
This month, Brill published Empires of the Sea: Maritime Power Networks in World History. This work, edited by Dr Rolf Strootman (Ancient History and Classical Civilisation), Dr Floris van den Eijnde (Ancient History and Classical Civilisation) and Roy van Wijk (Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies), is an overview of maritime studies with a focus on premodern empires.
Empires of the Sea brings together studies of maritime empires from the Bronze Age to the Eighteenth Century. The volume aims to establish maritime empires as a category for the (comparative) study of premodern empires, and from a partly ‘non-western’ perspective.
Mycenaean sea power
The book includes contributions on Mycenaean sea power, Classical Athens, the ancient Thebans, Ptolemaic Egypt, The Genoese Empire, power networks of the Vikings, the medieval Danish Empire, the Baltic empire of Ancien Régime Sweden, the early modern Indian Ocean, the Melaka Empire, the (non-European aspects of the) Portuguese Empire and Dutch East India Company, and the Pirates of Caribbean.
About the Authors
Rolf Strootman is associate professor of History at Utrecht University. He studies imperialism and cultural encounters in the ancient Mediterranean. He is the author of Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires (2014) and co-editor of Persianism in Antiquity (2017).
Floris van den Eijnde is assistant professor of History at Utrecht University. He studies Iron Age and Archaic Athenian society. He co-edited Feasting and Polis Institutions (2017) and is editor of the Brill series Cultural Interactions in the Mediterranean.
Roy van Wijk studies at Utrecht University and is now researcher at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland. He is currently working on a PhD on the interstate relations between Attica and Boeotia from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period.
Contributors to this book include: Catia Antunes, Peter Borschberg, Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Jorrit Kelder, Thomas Kirk, Kris Lane, Olaf Mörke, Marco Mostert, Remco Raben and Anjana Singh.
- Title: Empires of the Sea: Maritime Power Networks in World History
- Authors: Rolf Strootman, Floris van den Eijnde and Roy van Wijk
- Publisher: Brill
- ISBN: 9789004407671