1492: The Year the World Began

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1492: Not Simply the YearColumbus Sailed the Ocean Blue . . .

In this extraordinary, sweeping history,Felipe Fernández-Armesto traces key elements of the modern worldback to that single fateful year when everything changed.

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Overview

1492: Not Simply the YearColumbus Sailed the Ocean Blue . . .

In this extraordinary, sweeping history,Felipe Fernández-Armesto traces key elements of the modern worldback to that single fateful year when everything changed.

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Editorial Reviews

Mail on Sunday (London)
In his stimulating new book, Fernandez-Armesto offers a model of how to write popular history: accessible, provocative and full of telling detail. (4 stars)
San Antonio Express-News
“Fernández-Armesto challenges some long-standing historical thinking…. The compiled information adds immensely to the understanding of world that ended and began in 1492…. 1492 changes our view of history.”
The Times (London)
“In this admirable history, Fernández-Armesto has written a book of travels not unlike those of Marco Polo, filled with marvels and sensations, rich in description and replete with anecdote. 1492 is a compendium of delights.”
Mail on Sunday
In his stimulating new book, Fernandez-Armesto offers a model of how to write popular history: accessible, provocative and full of telling detail. (4 stars)
Booklist
“Fernandez-Armesto’s narrative fluidity, not to mention an ability to turn a phrase, converts facts into context in an attractively readable manner.... Surveying the planet entire in 1492, Fernández-Armesto brilliantly sweeps a startling breadth of history into his unified narrative.”
Booklist
Surveying the planet entire in 1492, Fernández-Armesto brilliantly sweeps a startling breadth of history into his unified narrative.
The Times (London)
In this admirable history, Fernández-Armesto has written a book of travels not unlike those of Marco Polo, filled with marvels and sensations, rich in description and replete with anecdote. 1492 is a compendium of delights.
San Antonio Express-News
“Fernández-Armesto challenges some long-standing historical thinking…. The compiled information adds immensely to the understanding of world that ended and began in 1492…. 1492 changes our view of history.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061132285
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 389,208
  • Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Felipe Fernández-Armesto is currently the William P. Reynolds Professor of History at Notre Dame University, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Global History. Fernández-Armesto is also a member of the history faculty at Queen Mary College, University of London. The author, coauthor, or editor of more than twenty-five books, Fernández-Armesto's work has been translated into twenty-two languages. His books include Before Columbus; The Times Illustrated History of Europe; Columbus; Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years (the subject of a ten-part series on CNN); Civilizations: Culture, Ambition, and the Transformation of Nature; Near a Thousand Tables; The Americas; Ideas That Changed the World; Humankind: A Brief History; The Times Atlas of World Exploration; Reformations; Truth; and The Times Guide to the Peoples of Europe.

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Table of Contents

1 "This World Is Small": Prophecy and Reality in 1492 1

2 "To Constitute Spain to the Service of God": The Extinction of Islam in Western Europe 27

3 "I Can See the Horsemen": The Strivings of Islam in Africa 55

4 "No Sight More Pitiable": The Mediterranean World and the Redistribution of the Sephardim 87

5 "Is God Angry with Us"": Culture and Conflict in Italy 115

6 Toward "the Land of Darkness": Russia and the Eastern Marches of Christendom 147

7 "That Sea of Blood": Columbus and the Transatlantic Link 177

8 "Among the Singing Willows": China, Japan, and Korea 205

9 "The Seas of Milk and Butter": The Indian Ocean Rim 241

10 "The Fourth World": Indigenous Societies in the Atlantic and the Americas 273

Epilogue: The World We're In 311

Notes 323

Provenance of Illustrations 337

Index 339

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