Mark Kurlansky has developed a reputation for illuminating fascinating global historical trends by focusing on seemingly modest, mundane, or esoteric subjects (see also "Cod" (2011) and "Salt" (2011)). He continues in this vein with "The Basque History of the World," a history not just of the Basque people but also of their unique, and often overlooked, place in European and world history. The Basques, residents of a small, mountainous region straddling the border between Spain and France, are a singular people in many ways. Their language - Euskera - is probably the oldest in Europe, and is also unrelated to any other major language family. Taking the Basques unique language, geographical isolation, and cultural quirks, Kurlansky tells an intriguing story about one of the world's oldest and most one-of-a-kind peoples, and in the process undertakes a compelling retelling of North Atlantic history.
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.