from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Naval or commercial supremacy on the seas.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a state whose power derives from its naval or commercial supremacy on the seas
- n. maritime supremacy
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as thalassocraty.
It is often said, for example, that Evans was interpreting Minoan civilization and the basis of its power in the early second millennium BC according to the model of the British Empire: the Minoan control of the sea ( "thalassocracy") was a reflection of the power of the British navy.
According to Thucydides, he also established the first thalassocracy, or maritime empire.
To what extent these changing trade patterns reflect political events is unknown, but legend has Crete's King Minos founding a sea empire (thalassocracy).
However, your final point does have the quality of a point being stretched quite some distance It is clear however that Mr Barelegs did indeed view Ireland as being part of his sphere of influence (if he can be considered a true embodiement of a Viking thalassocracy, as I'm not sure any other leader could command such authority over the differing kingdoms).
One of the issues that I was interested in when I was doing my degree was the extent to which the Viking thalassocracy ever seriously viewed Ireland as a candidate for political / military conquest in the way, for example, that England and Northern France were.
In a nutshell, for the past two centuries, the international system of diplomacy has centered around the efforts by the Anglosphere to maintain a thalassocracy, a control of the world's sea lanes, so as to facilitate free markets and the rising prosperity fostered by capitalism.
And Obama appears bound and determined to do everything he can to reduce the ability of the American thalassocracy to maintain a stable economic, and therefore political, order in the world.
As one archaeologist has recently ” and crassly ” put it, Evans's Minoans were "travelling and trading all over the Mediterranean, thanks to their British (sorry, Minoan) ˜thalassocracy. '" [
Polykrates became "the first of all cities, Hellenic or barbaric," a center of Ionian manners, luxury, art, science and culture, the seat of the first great thalassocracy or sea-power after that of Cretan Minos, a distributing point for commerce and colonies. [
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