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How civilization became global: “Full of fascinating details . . . This astonishingly comprehensive account casts world history in a brilliant new light.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This extraordinary history shows how bold explorations and daring trade missions first connected all of the world’s societies at the end of the first millennium.

People often believe that the years immediately prior to AD 1000 were, with just a few exceptions, lacking in any major cultural developments or geopolitical encounters, that the Europeans hadn’t yet reached North America, and that the farthest feat of sea travel was the Vikings’ invasion of Britain. But how, then, to explain the presence of blond-haired people in Maya temple murals at Chichén Itzá, Mexico? Could it be possible that the Vikings had found their way to the Americas during the height of the Maya empire?

Valerie Hansen, an award-winning historian and celebrated Yale professor, argues that the year 1000 was the world’s first point of major cultural exchange and exploration. Drawing on nearly thirty years of research, she presents a compelling account of first encounters between disparate societies, which sparked conflict and collaboration eerily reminiscent of our contemporary moment. It will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about how the modern world came to be.

“Fascinating . . . [a] highly impressive, deeply researched, lively and imaginative work.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

A smart, broad-ranging survey of the global Middle Ages that is learned, thought-provoking—and perfectly tuned to our times.” —London Sunday Times

“[A] meticulous portrayal of the explorers, traders, and rulers who built a complex network which linked a disparate world . . . deeply engrossing.” —Booklist

“A rich and fascinating story of the many ways that far-flung societies a millennium ago forged connections. . . . A masterly work of scholarship.” —Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance

“A lovely book that puts together the pieces of the global jigsaw puzzle of a millennium ago.” —Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781501194122
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: April 13th, 2020