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Atlas of the Year 1000
     

Atlas of the Year 1000

by John Man
 

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ISBN-10: 067400678X

ISBN-13: 9780674006782

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This dazzling book takes us on a voyage of discovery around the world at the turn of the last millennium, when for the first time the world was in essence a unity. Islam bridged Eurasia, western Europe, and North Africa. Vikings, with links to Scandinavia and Russia, had just arrived in North America. These and other peoples reached out to create links and put

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This dazzling book takes us on a voyage of discovery around the world at the turn of the last millennium, when for the first time the world was in essence a unity. Islam bridged Eurasia, western Europe, and North Africa. Vikings, with links to Scandinavia and Russia, had just arrived in North America. These and other peoples reached out to create links and put isolated cultures unwittingly in touch. John Man vividly captures these epochal events, and depicts the colorful peoples that defined the world's mix of stability and change, of isolation and contact. In an immensely learned portrayal, he traces enduring cultural strands that became part of the world as we know it today.

In text, maps, and pictures, most in color, and drawing on the expertise of two dozen consultants, John Man has created a concise compendium of all the major cultures of the lost millennial world of 1000. In some cultures--Europe, Islam, China, and Japan--written records contain a vast range of materials, often revealing sharply focused details of life and personality. Here lie startling contrasts with today's world, and even foreshadowing of the future that are equally astonishing in their familiarity. For nonliterate cultures--in the United States, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, Africa--this book draws on a wealth of archeological research, some of it made available to nonspecialists for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674006782
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.44(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction

One World in the Making

PART 1: THE AMERICAS

Isolated Cultures Brought to Light by Archaeology

1. The Enigma of Tiahuanaco

2. The Toltecs' Brief Heyday

3. Cahokia: Capital of the Eastern Woodlands

4. The South-West: A Cultural Bloom in a Harsh Land

5. Bison Hunters and Farmers of the Prairies

6. A Tapestry of Cultures on the West Coast

7. The Far North: The Coming of the Thule People

8. The Vikings in Vinland

PART 2: EUROPE

A Benighted Continent on the Brink Of a New Dawn

1. The Reach of Rome

2. The Viking Heartland

3. New-found Lands in Iceland and Greenland

4. England: A Nation on Its Knees

5. The Celtic World

6. France: Powerful Dukes, an Embattled King

7. Viking + Greek = Russian Orthodox

8. Otto III's Teenage Dreams of imperial Grandeur

9. The Corning of the Ashkenazim

10. The Emergence of Hungary

11. Byzantium: Fighting to Preserve the Glory

PART 3: THE WORLD OF ISLAM

A Political Patchwork, a Cultural Unity

1. Baghdad: The Heart of Islam

2. The Slaves of lslam

3. The Fatimids: Ambition, Power and Madness

4. Islamic Spain: Glory and Egomania

5. Central Asia: The Coming of the Turks

6. Mahmud, Scourge of Northern India

7. Judaism: A Faith Toughened by Trials

PART 4: ASIA

Two Suns and Their Planets

1. China: The Success of the Sung

2. Tibet's Dark Age

3. The Liao: A Challenge from the North

4. Hsi-hsia: 'The Great State of White and High'

5. Korea: Struggle for Unity, Wealth and Independence

6. Japan: The Rise and Rise of Michinaga

7. The Khmers: The First of Angkor's Wonders

8. India: Fleeting Power, Enduring Glory

9. Indonesia: Two Empires Built on Spices

PART 5: AFRICA

Early States and Proto-Empires

1. Islam's Peaceful Trade with Realms of Gold

2. The Rich Land of the Great Lakes

3. Ethiopia: A World Apart

4. The South: The Golden Meadows of Zimbabwe's First Capital

PART 6: OCEANIA

Remote Worlds Linked by Polynesian Voyages

1. The Moth-Eaters of the Australian Alps

2. Colonists of the 'Long White Cloud'

3. Easter Island: The Message of the Statues

Appendix

A Millennial Gazetteer

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Index

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