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1493 : uncovering the new world Columbus created

Author: Charles C Mann
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2012, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the author of 1491, the study of the pre-Columbian Americas, this new work is a history that explores the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus's voyages brought them back together, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Christopher Columbus; Christopher Columbus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles C Mann
ISBN: 9780307265722 0307265722 9780307278241 0307278247
OCLC Number: 1016401532
Description: xix, 535 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: In the Homogenocene. Two monuments. --
Atlantic Journeys. The tobacco coast ; Evil air. --
Pacific Journeys. Shiploads of money (Silk for silver, part one) ; Lovesick grass, foreign tubers, and jade rice (Silk for silver, part two). --
Europe in the World. The agro-industrial complex ; Black gold. --
Africa in the World. Crazy soup ; Forest of fugitives. --
Currents of Life. In Bulalacao. --
Fighting words ; Globalization in beta.
Other Titles: Fourteen ninety-three
Responsibility: Charles C. Mann.

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"From the author of 1491, the study of the pre-Columbian Americas, this new work is a history that explores the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus's voyages brought them back together, and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As the author shows, this global ecological tumult, the "Columbian Exchange", underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, he shows how the creation of this worldwide network of exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Manila and Mexico City, where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted, the center of the world. In 1493, the author presents a scientific interpretation of our past.

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