The Spice Route A History The Spice Route is one of history s greatest anomalies shrouded in mystery it existed long before anyone knew of its extent or configuration Spices came from lands unseen possibly uninhabitable and

  • Title: The Spice Route: A History
  • Author: John Keay
  • ISBN: 9780520248960
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Spice Route is one of history s greatest anomalies shrouded in mystery, it existed long before anyone knew of its extent or configuration Spices came from lands unseen, possibly uninhabitable, and almost by definition unattainable that was what made them so desirable Yet livelihoods depended on this pungent traffic, nations participated in it, wars wThe Spice Route is one of history s greatest anomalies shrouded in mystery, it existed long before anyone knew of its extent or configuration Spices came from lands unseen, possibly uninhabitable, and almost by definition unattainable that was what made them so desirable Yet livelihoods depended on this pungent traffic, nations participated in it, wars were fought for it, and discoveries resulted from it than from any other global exchange Epic in scope, marvelously detailed, laced with drama, The Spice Route spans three millennia and circles the world to chronicle the history of the spice trade With the aid of ancient geographies, travelers accounts, mariners handbooks, and ships logs, John Keay tells of ancient Egyptians who pioneered maritime trade to fetch the incense of Arabia, Graeco Roman navigators who found their way to India for pepper and ginger, Columbus who sailed west for spices, de Gama, who sailed east for them, and Magellan, who sailed across the Pacific on the exact same quest A veritable spice race evolved as the west vied for control of the spice producing islands, stripping them of their innocence and the spice trade of its mystique This enthralling saga, progressing from the voyages of the ancients to the blue water trade that came to prevail by the seventeenth century, transports us from the dawn of history to the ends of the earth.

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    1. If you’ve ever wondered about what exactly constitutes a spice, where most spices came from and why they were so valuable, then this book will give you a great overview. Did you know, for example, that mace and nutmeg come from the same plant? Or that salt (which is a mineral) is alone in adding intrinsic preservative value to food?I found this book provided a perfect blend of the exotic, the heroic and the mundane. The story of the journeys which resulted in the discovery of spices, the desir [...]

    2. SPICE TRADING AND RAIDING John Keay has written a brilliant, amusing and readable account of the spice trade from pre-history to the 1800's.Keay as always is irrerevent, his gentle and humourous mocking of the more fantastic elements of the accounts of for example Pliny, Herodotus, Marco Polo,etc are enlightening and amusing, always a pleasant combination. He charts the vagaries of the Spice Route, the changes to it over the centuries and the reasons for those changes succintly and with plenty o [...]

    3. This is a very good history of the spice trade despite the fact that the narrative is a bit confused and the prose can be purple and convoluted and he's obviously biased towards and against certain historical players causing him to gloss over the actions of some and hyper focus on those of others and the fact that there are one or two factual errors. But other than that this book was pretty okay. Took me forever to read though. A little disappointed because he starts off saying too many authors [...]

    4. An excellent history of the lands that produced much of the wealth of Europe from the Age of Exploration up to the Industrial Age -- but it begins long, long before that, with the Arab, Indian and Chinese traders whose ships first plied this route. Economics and conquest make this a deeply interesting story.

    5. Keay's dense prose is something to write home about, and always rewarding. Bet you don't know where nutmeg comes from.

    6. Spices were always an alluring object for Europeans of every hue. They wanted to add punch to their meals by liberally sprinkling those exotica, used them as medicine and aphrodisiacs and also for worship of gods by smoking them as incense. Human history was shaped in no mean measure by the ups and downs in the quest for spices and to locate them in their native environment in the remotest islands of Indonesia. John Keay tells the long tale of the pursuit of spices spanning across three millenni [...]

    7. "A Rota das Especiarias" pormenoriza a história das especiarias desde a sua origem, apoiada em fontes diversas e resultando num trabalho extraordinário. É de lamentar que do cruzamento da botânica e da geografia não nasça uma narrativa minimamente palatável, não sendo apresentado um único mapa nem uma ilustração das espécies exóticas.

    8. Spock was right. Having a thing is often not as pleasant as wanting a thing. It is not logical, but it is often true. Such was the case with the spice trade, which so tantalized the west that it spurred on a new epoch in human history and fell victim to its own success. For centuries, spices tantalized civilizations across the Old World, uniting them in pursuit. Romans wrote with alarm about the mound of gold and silver being lost to the east in the pursuit of clouds of incense and strange-tasti [...]

    9. If you like big themes in history, this is a book you should pick up. I've read a couple of books by John Keay in the past, and he does good justice to history-telling. Needless to say, this is the history about the spice trade. The focus is on sea-trade rather than the silk route which was the overland trade route. And just the like the silk route was not exclusively about silk, the spice route is not exclusively about spice.In The Spice Route, John Keay has spent considerable time on the origi [...]

    10. I found this a fast and interesting read. I have been to Brazil and knew that Portuguese was spread throughout the world, but I had no idea it was first done through the spice trade. I would often refer to my big wall map while reading this book and could see that this was something that knitted the world, once separated by vast oceans back together via adding big flavor to food with small, piquant spices from the far east. Countries like Angola, Mozambique, and even Timor Leste all speak Portug [...]

    11. Sort of quick start to finish book for readers who are already into history.Nevertheless, a special thanks to the author who came upon this intriguing topic and produced it as one big journey on the earth,especially during the mediaevals.The bandas are a revelation and one can't even imagine how people would have travelled the rough oceans thousand years back to this small place.One cannot stop marvelling the author's narration which sometimes make you think you are in a ship loaded with spices [...]

    12. Fascinating from a historical and geographical point. The earliest routes and the interactions between the countries along the route (routes really because there were many) were a revelation to me and made me want to travel to some of the distant destinations. Maybe one day.It's a book I am keeping and there are few of those.

    13. I have a Folio Society edition of this: you can find it at foliosociety. Keay's descriptions of power shifts in the midle ages and renaissance periods is thrilling when looked at through his lens.

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