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1491 (Second Edition): New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (utgåvan 2006)

av Charles C. Mann (Författare)

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Mann shows how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques have come to previously unheard-of conclusions about the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans: In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe. Certain cities--such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital--were greater in population than any European city. Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets. The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids. Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively "landscaped" by human beings. Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process that the journal Science recently described as "man's first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering."--From publisher description.… (mer)
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Titel:1491 (Second Edition): New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Författare:Charles C. Mann (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2006), Edition: Illustrated, 576 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus av Charles C. Mann

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Man, this was a good book (yes, this was intentional). I liked how he focused on more modern research for this book about the Americas before Columbus instead of trying to come up with new research. It was also really interesting to read about all the debates, especially over the Clovis finds. Mann did a great job in writing this book and putting it together. I definitely recommend it as a read! ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
Brings together evidence that had been accumulating over the past few decades about the pre-Columbian hemisphere and weaves it into an entertaining narrative. One of those books that changed my perspective in a major way. Highly recommended. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
An extremely interesting exploration of recent scientific discoveries concerning the people who lived in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. Clear and well written, the book makes a strong case for recent claims that Indian populations were much larger than often believed, and that they had a much greater influence on their environment than the conventional view suggests. In addition to exploring the 15,000 years or so before the start of regular European presence on the continent, the author also spends a good bit of effort on the couple centuries following; since there are few written native records, some of what he explores is differences between earlier and later writings by Europeans.

Includes several interesting appendices, including an explanation of the Mayan calendar system, and the origin of the whole 2012 end-of-the-world brouhaha. ( )
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
1491 and 1493 are almost a single book, because they have the same subject - the epochal transference of flora, fauna, bacteria, and people known as the Colombian Exchange. 1491 is about the Americas before the Exchange, outlining the different ways historians have tried to understand the various peoples who lived there and how that understanding has changed. Plenty of great discussion of the ecologies, demographics, and social complexities of the various civilizations, with an eye towards pointing out how fragile historical knowledge really is. There's no noble savage-ism here, just a great summarizing sweep from Tierra del Fuego to Ellesmere Island. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
Read 2015. ( )
  sasameyuki | Apr 28, 2021 |
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Mann has written an impressive and highly readable book. Even though one can disagree with some of his inferences from the data, he does give both sides of the most important arguments. 1491 is a fitting tribute to those Indians, present and past, whose cause he is championing.
 
Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one our young children could end up studying in their textbooks when they reach junior high.

 
Mann does not present his thesis as an argument for unrestrained development. It is an argument, though, for human management of natural lands and against what he calls the "ecological nihilism" of insisting that forests be wholly untouched.
 
Mann's style is journalistic, employing the vivid (and sometimes mixed) metaphors of popular science writing: "Peru is the cow-catcher on the train of continental drift. . . . its coastline hits the ocean floor and crumples up like a carpet shoved into a chairleg." Similarly, the book is not a comprehensive history, but a series of reporter's tales: He describes personal encounters with scientists in their labs, archaeologists at their digs, historians in their studies and Indian activists in their frustrations. Readers vicariously share Mann's exposure to fire ants and the tension as his guide's plane runs low on fuel over Mayan ruins. These episodes introduce readers to the debates between older and newer scholars. Initially fresh, the journalistic approach eventually falters as his disorganized narrative rambles forward and backward through the centuries and across vast continents and back again, producing repetition and contradiction. The resulting blur unwittingly conveys a new sort of the old timelessness that Mann so wisely wishes to defeat.
 

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Mann shows how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques have come to previously unheard-of conclusions about the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans: In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe. Certain cities--such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital--were greater in population than any European city. Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets. The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids. Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively "landscaped" by human beings. Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process that the journal Science recently described as "man's first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering."--From publisher description.

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