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Author Miller, Peter N., 1964- author
Title Peiresc's Mediterranean world / Peter N. Miller
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2015
book jacket
LOCATION CALL # STATUS OPACMSG BARCODE
 人文社會聯圖  DE96 .M56 2015    AVAILABLE    30610020508560
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DE96 M649 2015    DUE 01-31-20    30530001290162
 Modern History Library  909.09822 M649    AVAILABLE    30550100654811
Descript ix, 630 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
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Note "Antiquarian, lawyer, and cat lover Nicolas Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637), was a 'prince' of the Republic of Letters and the most gifted French intellectual in the generation between Montaigne and Descartes. From Peiresc's study in Aix-en-Provence, his insatiable curiosity poured forth in thousands of letters that traveled the Mediterranean, seeking knowledge of matters mundane and exotic--travel times and insurance premiums, rare manuscripts and objects from the Orient. Mining the remarkable 70,000-page archive of this Provençal humanist and polymath, Peter N. Miller recovers a lost Mediterranean world of the early seventeenth century that was dominated by the sea: the ceaseless activity of merchants, customs officials, and ships' captains at the center of Europe's sprawling maritime networks. Peiresc's Mediterranean World reconstructs the web of connections that linked the bustling port city of Marseille to destinations throughout the Western Mediterranean, North Africa, the Levant, and beyond. As Miller also makes clear, Peiresc's mastery of practical details and his collaboration with local traders and fixers as well as scholars, sheds new light on the structure of knowledge-making in the age of Bacon, Galileo, and Rubens. Miller shows that Peiresc's pursuit of Oriental studies, for example, depended crucially on his abilities as a man of action. Exploring the historian's craft today against the backdrop of Peiresc's diverse research activities, Peiresc's Mediterranean World suggests new possibilities for scholarship on the past, but also for the relationship between the writing of history and its readers"--Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Prologue: Algiers, June 1932 -- Marseille-Aix -- Marseille and the French Mediterranean -- Contingency -- Peiresc's letters -- Writing to the Levant 1627-1637 -- Peiresc's names, or, On reading the namescape -- The problem of detail -- The postal link -- The last mile (Mule is king) -- Marseille's merchants -- Marseille merchant families -- Financing, disbursing, reimbursing -- Sanson Napollon -- Naturalizing merchants -- North Africans in Marseille -- Northerners in the Mediterranean -- Ships' captains and patrons -- Tasks entrusted to captains -- Port practices : packaging--plague--quarantine -- Setting sail -- Merchant routes -- Mapping the Mediterranean -- Sicily -- People in motion -- Ottoman Empire news -- Time and timings -- Corsairs -- Ransoming -- End points -- Merchants as intellectual partners -- Before Statistik -- Peiresc's mixing in Cairo's consular politics -- Peiresc and travel -- Where Mediterranean meets Orient : Ethiopia, India, Yemen -- At the still point
Subject Mediterranean Region -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
Mediterranean Region -- History, Naval -- 17th century -- Sources
Mediterranean Region -- Commerce -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
Marseille (France) -- Relations -- Mediterranean Region -- Sources
Mediterranean Region -- Relations -- France -- Marseille -- Sources
Peiresc, Nicolas Claude Fabri de, 1580-1637 -- Archives
Intellectuals -- France -- Archives
Humanists -- France -- Archives
France -- Intellectual life -- 17th century -- Sources
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