Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of the New World

Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of the New World

by Brian Fagan
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Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of the New World by Brian Fagan

What gave Christopher Columbus the confidence in 1492 to set out across the Atlantic Ocean? Fish on Friday tells the story of the discovery of America as a product of the long sweep of history: the spread of Christianity and the radical cultural changes it brought to Europe, the interaction of economic necessity with a changing climate, and generations of unknown fishermen who explored the North Atlantic in the centuries before Columbus. A fascinating and multifaceted book, Fish on Friday will intrigue everyone who wonders how the vast forces of climate, culture, and technology conspire to create the history we know.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786722334
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 642,638
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Brian Fagan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has written many internationally acclaimed popular books about archaeology, including The Little Ice Age, Floods, Famines, and Emperors, and The Long Summer. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and Discovery of the New World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fish on Fridays...I learn more valuable & accurate histroy from reading 'topic specific' books than from all the traditional history book that I read in college. This book expertly sprinkles valuable historical events throughout the writings. If I were to teach history, I would select topic specific books that covered the era. I would have the students read & discuss them in class.