An Age of Voyages, 1350-1600 / Edition 1

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In accessible language supported by prolific illustrations and primary sources, Wiesner-Hanks covers the age of exploration from Europe into Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Quotes from leaders, philosophers, merchants, and voyagers draw readers into the time period. Told through the words and experiences of the people who lived it- kings, queens, and commoners, priests and lay people, explorers, scientists, artists, and world travelers- this is a world history for a new generation.

"This book provides coverage of the political, cultural, social, and global history of the world during the mid-fifteenth century. The text comes from ordinary people, travelers, bureaucrats, children, housewives, poets, and religious thinkers. This volume is designed for middle school students."--Supplied by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-In accessible language supported by prolific illustrations and primary sources, these volumes describe eras that transformed the world. Wiesner-Hanks covers the age of exploration from Europe into Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Quotes from leaders, philosophers, merchants, and voyagers draw readers into the wonders and horrors of the age. Descriptions from letters and diaries written by common sailors enhance the text. Chapters beginning with, "Imagine you are-" help readers experience the scenarios as they occurred. In addition to chronicling the impact of exploration and trade on the economy of Western Europe, the text also addresses the devastating impact of diseases spread worldwide by traders and the religious power struggles between followers of the Roman church and Protestantism. Huff's title moves readers into the Enlightenment with the same high-quality text, illustrations, and sidebar quotes from the scientists, statesmen, writers, and religious leaders of the day. Once again, readers travel the globe to witness changes in the Ottoman Empire, India, and China as well as Europe and the Americas. Women scientists and writers such as Caroline Herschel and Mary Wollstonecraft are featured. Observations of diplomat wives, such as Mary Wortley Montagu, are quoted alongside the men. Whether chapters open with stories of everyday people, dramas of celebrities, or questions to spark curiosity, each section draws teens into the lives and issues that awakened people's minds and paved the way for the modern world. These exceptional volumes will captivate students and re-create history as a living spectacle.-Kathy Lehman, Thomas Dale High School Library, Chester, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195176728
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/23/2005
  • Series: Medieval & Early Modern World Series , #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 972,615
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Merry Wiesner-Hanks is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches World History. Her publications include The Renaissance and Reformation: A History in Documents, The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and their Worlds, and Religious Transformations in the Early Modern World: A Brief Study with Documents.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Disease and disaster : the dreadful 14th century 14
Ch. 2 Renaissance men and renaissance money : learning and art in Italy and beyond 26
Ch. 3 Ghosts, monkeys, or Confucius : learning as power in Ming China 41
Ch. 4 Black and white and read all over : the printing press 54
Ch. 5 Luther, loyola, mobs, and massacres : the Protestant and Catholic reformations 69
Ch. 6 "Astonishing," "magnificent," "great" : rulers and religion in Europe and Asia 84
Ch. 7 Guts, gain, and glory : powerful monarchs in England and Africa 97
Ch. 8 "Everything the world has to offer" : city life 109
Ch. 9 Silk and spices : travel and trade in the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean 122
Ch. 10 "Columbia" or "America"? : names and fame in a "new world" 136
Ch. 11 Sailors, sugar, and slaves : how European voyages changed Asia and Africa 152
Ch. 12 Germs, silver, and blood : New World conquests and global connections 165
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