The Basque History Of The World (Paperback)
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The Basque History Of The World (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages
Published: 02/11/2000
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Waterstones Says

A deeply fascinating and informative history of an ancient and enigmatic people, this bravura volume illuminates the advances and achievements of the Basques, native inhabitants of a remote area of Northern Spain. With the same eye for quirky detail that enlivened his accounts of cod, milk and Havana, Kurlansky weaves a masterly tale of a fiercely independent ethnic group.

The Basques are Europe's oldest people, their origins a mystery, their language related to no other on Earth, and even though few in population and from a remote and rugged corner of Spain and France, they have had a profound impact on the world.

Whilst inward-looking, preserving their ancient language and customs, the Basques also struck out for new horizons, pioneers of whaling and cod fishing, leading the way in exploration of the Americas and Asia, were among the first capitalists and later led Southern Europe's industrial revolution.

Mark Kurlansky, the author of the acclaimed Cod, blends human stories with economic, political, literary and culinary history to paint a fascinating picture of an intriguing people.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099284130
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 349 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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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“Perfect companion to a trip to the Basque Country”

I bought this book to read while on holiday in the Basque Country. We visited Bilbao, Zarautz, Getaria, Orio, San Sebastian and Hondarribia.

Kurlanksy's entertaining writing was the perfect companion with its... More

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