Aspects of a Global Maritime History Reconsidered
6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Lectures, Films, & Book Talks
Fifteen years ago, Lincoln Paine gave a talk to the Maine Maritime Museum annual symposium titled “Aspects of a Global Maritime History,” in which he argued for a holistic approach to the study and writing of maritime history.
He has spent the better part of the time since 1998 researching and writing The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (Knopf, 2013). In this monumental retelling of world history Paine guides us through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human. One reviewer has already predicted this work will be “a standard source for decades to come.”
Returning to the scene of the crime, Lincoln Paine will speak about the experience of writing a maritime history of the world from a perch on Casco Bay.
Following his talk Lincoln will be available to sign copies of The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World. Copies will be available for sale at the lecture.