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1492 : the year our world began / Felipe Fernandez-Armesto.

By: Fernández-Armesto, Felipe.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2009Edition: First edition.Description: 346 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781408804988 (pbk.).Subject(s): History, Modern | Civilization, Modern -- History | Fifteenth centuryDDC classification: 909.4
Contents:
This world is small : prophecy and reality in 1492 -- To constitute Spain to the service of God : the extinction of Islam in Western Europe -- I can see the horsemen : the strivings of Islam in Africa -- No sight more pitiable : the Mediterranean world and the re-distribution of the Sephardim -- Is God angry with us? : culture and conflict in Italy -- Toward the land of darkness : Russia and the eastern marches of Christendom -- That sea of blood : Columbus and the Transatlantic link -- Among the singing willows : China, Japan, and Korea -- The seas of milk and butter : the Indian Ocean rim -- The fourth world : indigenous societies in the Atlantic and the Americas -- Epilogue the world we're in.
This world is small : prophecy and reality in 1492 -- To constitute Spain to the service of God : the extinction of Islam in Western Europe -- I can see the horsemen : the strivings of Islam in Africa -- No sight more pitiable : the Mediterranean world and the re-distribution of the Sephardim -- They are seeking fame and honour : culture and conflict in Italy -- Towards the land of darkness : Russia and the eastern marches of Christendom -- That sea of blood : Columbus and the Transatlantic link -- Among the singing willows : China, Japan, and Korea -- The seas of milk and butter : the Indian Ocean rim -- The fourth world : indigenous societies in the Atlantic and the Americas -- Epilogue the world we're in.
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The world would end in 1492 - so the prophets, soothsayers and stargazers said. They were right. Their world did end. Ours began. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto traces key elements of the modern world back to that single, fateful year- the way power and wealth are distributed around the globe; the way major religions and civilisations divide the world. Events that began in 1492 even transformed the whole ecological system of the planet. Our individualism and the very sense we share of inhabiting one world, as partakers in a common humanity, took shape and became visible. In search of the origins of modernity, 1492 takes readers on a journey around the globe of the time, in the company of real-life travellers, drawing together the threads that began to bind the planet. The tour starts in Granada, where the last Islamic kingdom in Europe collapsed, then moves to Timbuktoo, where a new Muslim empire triumphed. With Portuguese explorers, we visit the court of the first Christian king in the southern hemisphere. We join Jews expelled from Spain as they cross the Mediterranean to North Africa, Italy and Istanbul. We see the frozen frontiers of the dynamic, bloody Russia of Ivan the Great, and hear mystical poets sing on the shores of the Indian Ocean. We observe the Aztecs and Incas lay the foundations of a New World in the Americas. Wars and witchcraft, plagues and persecutions, poetry and prophecy, science and magic, art and faith - all the glories and follies of the time are in this book. Everywhere, new departures marked the start of a new configuration for humankind, revealing how and why the modern world is different from the worlds of antiquity and the middle ages.
History seems a patternless labyrinth - but a good guide can trace our paths through it back to the moment when some of the most striking features of today's world began.

Originally published: New York : HarperCollins, 2009.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

This world is small : prophecy and reality in 1492 -- To constitute Spain to the service of God : the extinction of Islam in Western Europe -- I can see the horsemen : the strivings of Islam in Africa -- No sight more pitiable : the Mediterranean world and the re-distribution of the Sephardim -- Is God angry with us? : culture and conflict in Italy -- Toward the land of darkness : Russia and the eastern marches of Christendom -- That sea of blood : Columbus and the Transatlantic link -- Among the singing willows : China, Japan, and Korea -- The seas of milk and butter : the Indian Ocean rim -- The fourth world : indigenous societies in the Atlantic and the Americas -- Epilogue the world we're in.

This world is small : prophecy and reality in 1492 -- To constitute Spain to the service of God : the extinction of Islam in Western Europe -- I can see the horsemen : the strivings of Islam in Africa -- No sight more pitiable : the Mediterranean world and the re-distribution of the Sephardim -- They are seeking fame and honour : culture and conflict in Italy -- Towards the land of darkness : Russia and the eastern marches of Christendom -- That sea of blood : Columbus and the Transatlantic link -- Among the singing willows : China, Japan, and Korea -- The seas of milk and butter : the Indian Ocean rim -- The fourth world : indigenous societies in the Atlantic and the Americas -- Epilogue the world we're in.

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