Prof. David Abulafia

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David Abulafia is Emeritus Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University, where he has spent his entire career, and Papathomas Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Prof. David Abulafia

About David Abulafia

David Abulafia is Emeritus Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University, where he has spent his entire career, and Papathomas Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

He is also visiting Beacon Professor at the newly-founded University of Gibraltar. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Academia Europaea. Among his books, most of which have concerned the history of the Mediterranean, are the best-selling The Great Sea: a Human History of the Mediterranean, published by Penguin Books, which won the British Academy Medal and the Mountbatten Maritime Award, which has been translated into nine languages, with more to follow. His latest book is The Boundless Sea:a Human History of the Oceans, also for Penguin Books, published in 2019.  It has won the Wolfson History Prize for 2020, the largest non-fiction book prize in the UK.

Recent Publications

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans

Abulafia, D., 3 Oct 2019, Allen Lane, 1088p

The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean

Abulafia, D., 17 May 2011, Allen Lane, 783p.

The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus

Abulafia, D., 4 Apr 2008, Yale University Press, 408p.

Garden Talks by Prof. David Abulafia