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A Brilliant and Unknown Story in History that shaped today's world as we know it.
Most likely from limited documentation this story is pieced together for our complete benefit to know the hardships ,brutality and quest for the future that has gone before.
This book should also be a school read .
Thoroughly enjoyable 😀
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Having just read the magisterial Silk Roads I was expecting a lighter but informative tale of an interesting bit of economic and regional history, perhaps like 'Longitude'. The spice race is a good topic but despite a lively narrator the text is pedestrian and unimaginative.
Effectively a list of voyages and cargoes, despite using much source material the author was unable to either entertain or inform. Many opportunities to examine the economic history were missed.
Dutch colonial history no doubt deserves criticism but the jingoistic tone of plucky Brits and evil Hollanders is so partial that I couldn't take it seriously. Meanwhile the 'natives' are casually sidelined as colourful background: no attempt to examine - casual racism.
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