The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World

The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World

by Marc Aronson, John W. Glenn
     
 

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National Geographic has always given readers the bigger picture of our world. Now The World Made New shows children the bigger context of American history. Written by award-winning children's author Marc Aronson and John W. Glenn, this innovative title will lead children through the causes and consequences of the defining age of exploration. Its unique approach

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National Geographic has always given readers the bigger picture of our world. Now The World Made New shows children the bigger context of American history. Written by award-winning children's author Marc Aronson and John W. Glenn, this innovative title will lead children through the causes and consequences of the defining age of exploration. Its unique approach will provide children with new ways of thinking about and learning from history, and instill a lasting sense of our country's past.

The World Made New provides a detailed account of the charting of the New World and the long-term effects of America's march into history. The text uses primary sources to bring history to life and features evocative profiles of the major explorers of the age. The book is beautifully illustrated with full-color artwork, multiple-time lines, and six custom National Geographic maps. The text and layout combine to provide an enlightening overview of New World exploration, and outline the historical context for the discoveries that literally changed the world.

The narrative carries young readers through this age of glorious, and sometimes inglorious, adventure. Follow the timeline of history unfolding; how the early colonies were established; how dissemination of products like the potato, tomato, tobacco, and corn made the Americas a major part of the new world economy; and how the Caribbean became a major trading hub.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This splendid, exciting, beautifully illustrated account of the Age of Exploration relates events so dramatic that they would have been dismissed as implausible fiction if they hadn't actually happened. Don't think of this as Ôjust' a book for kids: children's parents will find it equally gripping and informative. —ÑJared Diamond, Professor of Geography at UCLA, and author of the best-selling Pulitzer-Prize-winner Guns, Germs, and Steel
Kirkus Reviews
Unlike old-school textbooks that portrayed the Age of Exploration as advanced European civilizations exploring primitive worlds, Aronson and Glenn take a global view, seeing 1492 as the pivotal date in human history-"the first encounter between advanced civilizations that had developed an ocean apart." Though the Americas suffered from disease, malnourishment and abuse and lost as much as 90 percent of their population, the long-term effect of this contact between societies was "the beginning of the modern age of worldwide connection," a new global world, in which foods, ideas, religions and fashions were exchanged. The text is full of fascinating ideas and speculations and is enlivened by maps, engravings, prints, photographs and other illustrations. Readers with some amount of existing knowledge of the period will benefit most from the volume. Add this to Aronson's growing body of fine historical works that are changing how young readers think about history. (biographical dictionary, glossary, sources & websites, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792264545
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
08/14/2007
Series:
Timelines of American History Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
328,059
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Marc Aronson is an award-winning author, editor, publisher, speaker, and historian. He holds a PhD in American History.

John W. Glenn is an editor and producer of illustrated nonfiction reference books for children and adults. He has a BA in history from the University of Chicago.

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