Preview
Amazing Oceansep1
How did oceans shape human history?
Prof. David AbulafiaProf. David AbulafiaHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript45m
Territory, food, commerce and conquest: what role have the seas played in the development of the nations we see today?

Throughout history, seas were one of the most important sources of food and commerce for civilisations. They played a key role in accelerating the development of certain communities and proximity to water has always been a sign of abundance. However, most of the literature out there has always focused on routes, ships architecture, or maritime wars.

Professor David Abulafia's research is more interested in understanding what kind of goods people were transporting on their ships and what they were used for. In this intriguing talk, we will get on a journey in the Mediterranean as well as South East Asia to discover how the oceans shaped our history.

Read more
HD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript

Amazing Oceans

Covering almost three-quarters of the Earth, our amazing oceans are vast, beautiful, scary and relatively unexplored. This collection brings to the surface fascinating insights and stories across ocean science, conservation and culture.

7 talks
Interactive Q&A
Series guide

Top audience questions
View all(10)
Why has the North of Italy played a big part in the maritime trade and not the South? South is in the middle of the mediterranean and it would have made sense for this to become a centre for trade
6 votes
Did Hajj pilgrims travel by sea to a similar extent to Christians going to Jerusalem in the medieval/early modern period? How would you compare/contrast these religious voyages?
6 votes

Loving the ocean series and this talk was a great addition! Very eye-opening topicsLorna

About the Garden

What is the Garden and what is your mission?

One Garden is a community for the curious, a place where learning is joyful. Together, we learn from world experts through weekly live talks and by asking them the questions we are most curious about. Our on demand library is yours to explore at your leisure.

With our monthly membership we aim to give anyone, anywhere, access to the knowledge, ideas and people who have shaped — and continue to shape — our understanding of the world.

What does a membership include?

A membership with One Garden will give you unlimited access to all our talks, live and on-demand.

For £9.99/month, One Garden will give you access to the brightest minds of our generation. Ask them your questions during a live talk, or sit back and relax.

Can I cancel during my free trial?

Yes of course. We invite you to enjoy a 14 day free trial, and if you cancel any time during this period then you will not be enrolled into the monthly plan and will not be charged.

You can cancel online, anytime, in your account with just a couple of clicks.

What sort of speakers do you have?

We find the most passionate experts and academics from across the globe. All of our talks are designed to be accessible to anyone, no prior knowledge required, and our speakers (or Fellows as we call them!) are skilled at delivering fascinating, captivating talks for all levels.

You'll have the chance to ask questions in real times during lives via our bespoke platform.

High-quality recorded talks on-demand

Watch recordings of 100+ past talks at your own pace

Browse on-demand talks

Online live interactive talks with experts

Come learn from the best in their fields, and ask them your questions

Find an upcoming live talk

One Garden is a community for the curious, a place where inquisitive minds can come together to learn from world experts, and each other, and join in conversations about topics that spark their curiosity.

Find out more

With our monthly membership we aim to give anyone, anywhere, access to the knowledge, ideas and people who have shaped — and continue to shape — our understanding of the world.

Find out more