The historical construction of the Mediterranean

Authored by: Dominic Fenech , Michelle Pace

Routledge Handbook of Mediterranean Politics

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138903982
eBook ISBN: 9781315696577
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Ideas about what the Mediterranean is, was or is imagined to be abound, and the debate over definition continues to intrigue scholars more than ever, especially as the region’s heightened newsworthiness in recent years has forced the protagonists of world affairs to turn their attention to it. Historically the status of the Mediterranean has changed over and over again, in terms of unity and cohesion, or lack thereof, but also of the region’s shifting place in the global hierarchy of power. The post-Cold War era rekindled or exposed a host of historically engrained problems and developments that brought the Mediterranean back into the limelight, as Europe first and then other world players recognized that the region’s concerns were also their own. Looking at the contemporary Mediterranean the authors see in it a scale-model of world affairs, a concentration of intense political situations and problems indigenous to the area or mirroring global politics. While no longer the centre of the world radiating power outwards that it once was, the changes and challenges of the contemporary Mediterranean are global in nature as well as in scope.

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