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1616: The World in Motion
Bibliophile price: £2.50
This fascinating exploration of the early modern world, from the author of The Discovery of America and Other Myths, focuses on a single year as a window into a restless, expansive era. From galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific for the first global corporations to the spread of Renaissance ideas that would ultimately lead to revolutions, Thomas Christensen's illustrated history considers such changes as the decline of the Ming dynasty in China, the rise of shogun rule in Japan, the nascent international slave trade, and even global tourism. The world of 1616 created the first true global economy, and saw key events in art, science, war and politics. In Europe, the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes marked the end of an era in literature, as the spirit of the Renaissance was giving way to new attitudes that would lead to the Age of Revolution. Great changes were also taking place in East Asia. Artists there, as in many parts of the world, were rethinking their connections to ancient traditions and experimenting with new directions. Women everywhere were redefining their roles in family and society. Slave trading was relocating large numbers of people, while others were migrating in search of new opportunities. The first tourists, traveling not for trade or exploration but for personal fulfilment, were exploring this new globalized world. 18.3 x 25.1 cm. 384pp, heavyweight large softback. Hundreds of colour and other illus, maps and woodcuts in a visual treat.

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