Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Today, the Mediterranean appears as a land of contradictions—not just the abode of vibrant cultures and histories, but also an economic and political basket case. Burke suggests that only a world historical perspective can help us to transcend such culturally-based views. The modern Mediterranean, he suggests, emerged in the context of deep ecohistorical transformations. These gave rise to common strategies of development as well as divergent outcomes.