The Black Sea: A History

The Black Sea: A History

The Black Sea: A History

The Black Sea: A History


The lands surrounding the Black Sea share a colorful past. Though in recent decades they have experienced ethnic conflict, economic collapse, and interstate rivalry, their common heritage and common interests run deep. Now, as a region at the meeting point of the Balkans, Central Asia, and the Middle East, the Black Sea is more important than ever. In this lively and entertaining book, which is based on extensive research in multiple languages, Charles King investigates the myriad connections that have made the Black Sea more of a bridge than a boundary, linking religious communities, linguistic groups, empires, and later, nations and states.


Whatever the Antients have said, the Black Sea has nothing Black in it, as I may say, beside the name.

Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, royal botanist to Louis XIV, 1718

There's not a sea the passenger e'er pukes in,

Turns up more dangerous breakers than the Euxine.


The archaeologist's spade

delves into dwellings

vacancied long ago

unearthing evidence

of life-ways no one

would dream of leading now, …

W. H. Auden . . .

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