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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date February 1, 2001
Pages 387
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140298512
ISBN-10 0140298517
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A history of the Basque people of Spain speculates on the origins of this enigmatic group of Europeans whose language and culture have long baffled anthropologists. Reprint. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: From Mark Kurlansky, the bestselling author of Cod, Salt, Birdseye, and Paper—the illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic people

Straddling a small corner of Spain and France in a land that is marked on no maps except their own, the Basques are a puzzling contradiction—they are Europe's oldest nation without ever having been a country. No one has ever been able to determine their origins, and even the Basques' language, Euskera—the most ancient in Europe—is related to none other on earth. For centuries, their influence has been felt in nearly every realm, from religion to sports to commerce. Even today, the Basques are enjoying what may be the most important cultural renaissance in their long existence, as displayed by new cookbooks like chefs Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero's The Basque Book and restaurateur Jose Pizarro’s Basque.

Mark Kurlansky's passion for the Basque people and his exuberant eye for detail shine throughout this fascinating book. Like Cod, The Basque History of the World, blends human stories with economic, political, literary, and culinary history into a rich and heroic tale.

Among the Basques' greatest accomplishments:

   • Exploration—the first man to circumnavigate the globe, Juan Sebastian de Elcano, was a Basque and the Basques were the second Europeans, after the Vikings, in North America
   • Gastronomy and agriculture—they were the first Europeans to eat corn and chili peppers and cultivate tobacco, and were among the first to use chocolate
   • Religion—Ignatius Loyola, a Basque, founded the Jesuit religious order
   • Business and politics—they introduced capitalism and modern commercial banking to southern Europe
   • Recreation—they invented beach resorts, jai alai, and racing regattas, and were the first Europeans to play sports with balls

“A delectable portrait of an uncanny, indomitable nation.” –Newsday


“Exciting, Illuminating, and thought provoking.” –The Boston Globe


Entertaining and instructive… [Kurlansky’s] approach is unorthodox, mixing history with anecdotes, poems with recipes.” –The New York Times Book Review



Editions
Hardcover
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from Walker & Co (October 1, 1999)
9780802713490 | details & prices | 387 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.32 lbs | List price $25.00
About: A history of the Basque people of Spain speculates on the origins of this enigmatic group of Europeans whose language and culture have long baffled anthropologists
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Penguin USA (February 1, 2001)
9780140298512 | details & prices | 387 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $17.00
About: A history of the Basque people of Spain speculates on the origins of this enigmatic group of Europeans whose language and culture have long baffled anthropologists.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781597771269
 
With George Guidall (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Phoenix Books Inc (August 1, 2006); titled "The Basque: History of the World"
9781597771269 | details & prices | 6.00 × 5.50 × 1.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $39.95
About: They are a mythical people, almost an imagined people, writes Kurlansky.
With George Guidall (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from New Millenium Audio (October 1, 2003)
9781590072486 | details & prices | List price $44.95
About: A history of the Basque people of Spain speculates on the origins of this enigmatic group of Europeans whose language and culture have long baffled anthropologists.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781590072493
 
With George Guidall (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from New Millenium Audio (June 1, 2002)
9781590072493 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.00 × 2.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $39.95
About: A history of the Basque people of Spain speculates on the origins of this enigmatic group of Europeans whose language and culture have long baffled anthropologists.
With George Guidall (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Recorded Books (June 1, 2000)
9780788744044 | details & prices | List price $74.00

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