The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World-and Globalization Began

Category: Book
By (author): Hansen, Valerie
Subject:  HISTORY / Civilization
  HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries
  HISTORY / World
  NON-FICTION / General
Publisher: Scribner
Published: April 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*From celebrated Yale professor Valerie Hansen, a groundbreaking work of history showing that bold explorations and daring trade missions connected all of the world's great societies for the first time at the end of the first millennium.

In history, myth often abides. It was long assumed that the centuries immediately prior to AD 1000 were lacking in any major cultural developments or geopolitical encounters, that the Europeans hadn't yet discovered North America, that the farthest anyone had traveled over sea was the Vikings' invasion of Britain. But how, then, to explain the presence of blonde-haired people in Mayan temple murals in Chichen Itza, Mexico? Could it be possible that the Vikings had found their way to the Americas during the height of the Mayan empire?

Valerie Hansen, a much-honored historian, argues that the year 1000 was the world's first point of major cultural exchange and exploration. Drawing on nearly thirty years of research on medieval China and global history, she presents a compelling account of first encounters between disparate societies. As people on at least five continents ventured outward, they spread technology, new crops, and religion. These encounters, she shows, made it possible for Christopher Columbus to reach the Americas in 1492, and set the stage for the process of globalization that so dominates the modern era.

For readers of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel and Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens, The Year 1000 is an intellectually daring, provocative account that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about how the modern world came to be. It will also hold up a mirror to the hopes and fears we experience today.
Review Quote*"Valerie Hansen's sweeping tour of the world in the year 1000 is revelatory and full of eye-opening surprises. She tells a rich and fascinating story of the many ways that far-flung societies a millennium ago forged connections among themselves, a reminder that the forces of globalization that seem so potent today have been at work for centuries. A masterly work of scholarship."

-Liaquat Ahamed, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lords of Finance
Review Quote*"Valerie Hansen has not only fashioned a coherent and original vision of the world in the year 1000, in itself a remarkable feat of scholarship, but described it in a clear, concrete and absorbing narrative that will entertain and enlighten every reader."

-R.I. Moore, author of The First European Revolution and The War on Heresy
Review Quote*"[A] unique fusion of firsthand, on-site investigations around the world and intensive research…What's more, all of this energetic, scholarly activity is combined with a compelling argument for a new hypothesis concerning the origins of globalization, a topic that could hardly be more pertinent to our own age."

-Victor H. Mair, editor of The Columbia History of Chinese Literature and coauthor of The History of Tea and Sacred Display
Review Quote*"The myth of the ‘European Middle Ages' dissolves in the ocean currents and trade winds of this stimulating account of early global connections.  Bolstered by facts and enlivened by intriguing theories, Hansen's book presents a world of objects, ideas, people, animals, and know-how constantly on the move.  A brisk and refreshing trip for us all."

-Barbara H. Rosenwein, author of A Short History of the Middle Ages and Generations of Feeling
Review Quote*"Hansen's story of the movement of peoples, products, religions, and ideas around the year 1000 makes it clear that globalization is nothing new…No one has told this story better or has been able to combine the latest scholarly research with such an exciting and accessible narrative.  This is how world history should be written."

-Stuart B. Schwartz, author of All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World
Review Quote*"Offers timely proof that globalization has a point of origin and a long history.  Then and now, it has been about exchange, competition, and exploitation. At least in the year 1000, globalization included fruitful forms of communication and knowledge. Although Hansen doesn't quite have us wishing we could turn back the clock, she offers in three hundred vivid pages the kind of deep texture that makes an age come alive."

-Paul Freedman, author of Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination
Review Quote*"An absorbing read that makes a distant world feel near."

-Francesca Trivellato, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, and author of The Familiarity of Strangers