Book Review-‘Vast Expanses: A history of the oceans’ by H. M. Rozwadowski,

By Jamin Wells, published December 2020


Historians interested in the briny part of the world have had ranging discussions about ‘iron men’ and ‘wooden ships’, sea captain’s wives and motley crews, fishers, whalers, smugglers, and scientists, pirates and navies, ports, seaside resorts, Atlantic Worlds and Pacific Imaginaries. Yet only in the past few years has the sea itself begun to be historicized. In Vast Expanses: A history of the oceans, Helen M. Rozwadowski offers a sweeping account of the ocean’s past and a model for an engaged ‘ocean history’ that places the sea in the heart of our human past…

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