Can a sea the sea itself have a knowable history in the case of the black sea probably yes one of the many strange things about it modern research suggests it originated as recently as around 7500 years ago when a shallow lake was invaded by sea water that carved out the bosphorus the saltier denser sea water sank forming a toxic oxygen free layer that may well have preserved undecayed almost every shipwreck the sea has known. The black sea has long formed a zone of interaction sometimes cordial sometimes conflictual among the peoples and states around its shores from the balkans to the caucasus from russia to turkey to the ancient greeks the sea lay at the edge of the known world in time the growth of greek trading colonies linked all the coasts into a web of economic relationships in the middle ages the sea was tied to the great commercial cities of the mediterranean later the ottomans used the . Ranging from the ancient greeks to the petroleum politics and ethnic disputes of the 1990s the black sea investigates the myriad connections that have made the black sea more of a bridge than a boundary linking religious communities linguistic groups empires and later nations and states kings work has all the virtues of good american
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