Join us at our Frankfort Avenue store for an evening with Eric Roorda.
About the book: Collecting texts from all corners of the world that span antiquity to the present, The Ocean Reader charts humans' relationship to the ocean, treating it as a dynamic site of history, culture, and politics.
About the author:
Eric Paul Roorda is Professor of History at Bellarmine University; coeditor of The Dominican Republic Reader and author of The Dictator Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1930–1945, both also published by Duke University Press; and editor of Twain at Sea: The Maritime Writings of Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
From prehistoric times to the present, the Ocean has been used as a highway for trade, a source of food and resources, and a space for recreation and military conquest, as well as an inspiration for religion, culture, and the arts. The Ocean Reader charts humans' relationship to the Ocean, which has often been seen as a changeless space without a history.