From the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean: Medieval History in Geographic Perspective

  title={From the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean: Medieval History in Geographic Perspective},
  author={Andr{\'e} Wink},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={416 - 445}
  • A. Wink
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
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    The Journal of Asian Studies
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