Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

Book - 2011
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"From the author of 1491--the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas--a deeply engaging new history that explores the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus's voyages brought them back together--and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult--the "Columbian Exchange"--underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows how the creation of this worldwide network of exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Manila and Mexico City-- where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted--the center of the world. In 1493, Charles Mann gives us an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequaled in its authority and fascination"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307265722
Characteristics: xix, 535 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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Dec 20, 2020

A must read. This is the history we didn't study in school. There's a dizzying amount of interesting information in this book. It's changed how I look at the world. I'm looking forward to reading 1491.

Nov 29, 2020


Apr 26, 2018

This book is a fascinating look at many of the reasons why we find ourselves in the place in history we occupy today. The discovery of silver in South America which destabilized Europe and China. The Potato which improved the health of Europe, caused famine, and is now threatened by an insect. Malaria which killed many colonists in the "new world" as they also put pressures on the local people. Tobacco which drove North American colonization and drove new trade relationships. Many more products are described which resulted from the advancement into the Americas of European adventurers and which have made our world.
The most important idea I found in this book is that our present world, with its multi-national trade, the striving for wealth and opportunities, and political forces elbowing their way in are nothing new. Our ancestors were just as good at it as we are. And the story is much more complicated than the general history books would suggest.

mvkramer Mar 15, 2017

What a fascinating follow-up to "1491"! This book deals with some of the changes that the "discovery" of the Americas wrought on the world stage - not just in Europe, but also in Asia and Africa. Different chapters focus on different topics, such as malaria, the potato, or silver. Very interesting, and an under-explored area of history!

Dec 15, 2014

Reknitting the torn seams of Pangaea.

Sep 21, 2014

What a great read. The history of North America and South needs to be rewritten. If it hadn't been for smallpox, malaria, and yellow fever, the Indians would still rule.

buklover Jun 27, 2012

Mann does an amazing job at slowly unraveling Columbus' role in our modern world. He did try to throw a little too much in each section at times, so it became a bit overwhelming. Other than that, it was a great book. I would reccommend it to anyone taking European History.


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