1492: The Year the World Began

November 2, 2010|
1492: The Year the World Began by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
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1492 is perhaps best remembered as the year in which Christopher Columbus first arrived in the Americas. But this was a watershed year in world history in many ways, as recounted by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto in 1492. In that year, Leonardo da Vinci designed a flying machine and Michelangelo began work on the Sistine Chapel, while Africa was enjoying great wealth and a cultural renaissance.

While Pope Alexander VI began a reign that would inspire the Reformation, the new religion of Sikhism was emerging in Asia. Muslims controlled the north of India, and Chinese rulers shut down the famed Silk Road. Fernandez-Armesto examines this remarkable year in detail, providing a comprehensive overview of the many important events that took place in 1492, and how they affected the development of the world as it exists today.

Felipe Fernández-Armesto is the author, coauthor, or editor of over 25 books and numerous papers and scholarly articles. He is currently the William P. Reynolds Professor of History at Notre Dame University. His books include Before Columbus; The Times Illustrated History of Europe; Columbus; Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years (the subject of a ten-part series on CNN) and Civilizations: Culture, Ambition, and the Transformation of Nature.

“... Surveying the planet entire in 1492, Fernández-Armesto brilliantly sweeps a startling breadth of history into his unified narrative.” — Booklist

Felipe Fernández-Armesto is currently the William P. Reynolds Professor of History at Notre Dame University, and is on the editorial board of theJournal of Global History. Fernández-Armesto is also a member of the history faculty at Queen Mary College, University of London. The author, coauthor, or editor of more than twenty-...
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Title:1492: The Year the World Began
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:352 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.88 in
Shipping dimensions:352 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.88 in
Published:November 2, 2010
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780061132285

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