Pathfinders A Global History of Exploration

ISBN-10: 0393062597

ISBN-13: 9780393062595

Edition: 2006

Authors: Felipe Fern�ndez-Armesto

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High adventure and grand history from a master of the craft in a beautifully illustrated volume. With characteristic flair, Felipe Fernández-Armesto gives us an entertaining and insightful history of world exploration. Presenting the subject for the first time on a truly global scale, Fernández-Armesto tracks the pathfinders who, over the last five millennia, lay down the routes of contact that have drawn together the farthest reaches of the world. From the maritime expeditions connecting Queen Hatshepsut's Egypt to the exotic land of Punt in the second millennium BCE, through the merchants and missionaries of the ancient Silk Roads and the great Iberian explorers of the fifteenth century, to the nineteenth-century explorations of the polar regions, interior Africa, North America, and the South Pacific, Fernández-Armesto spins a grand narrative full of character and story. Deftly embedding these explorations in the cultures, politics, and technologies of their times, he creates a history with unusual depth and breadth. Here is an intellectual adventure as rewarding as it is thrilling. 16 pages of color; 48 maps; 44 illustrations.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 428
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Felipe Fern�ndez-Armesto, the William P. Reynolds Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration and Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, and London.

List of Illustrationsp. xiii
List of Platesp. xv
List of Mapsp. xvi
Stretching: The First Trail Finders from Gathering Cultures to Great Empiresp. 1
Reaching: Exploring the Oceans to About a Thousand Years Agop. 41
Stirring: Landward Explorations in Late Antiquity and the Middle Agesp. 71
Springing: The Maritime Turn of the Late Middle Ages and the Penetration of the Atlanticp. 109
Vaulting: The Great Leap Forward of the 1490sp. 153
Girdling: Connecting Global Routes, c. 1500-c. 1620p. 193
Connecting: Global Reconvergence, c. 1620-c. 1740p. 245
Deepening: Enhancing the World-Picture, c. 1740s-c. 1840sp. 289
Globalizing: The Narrowing Horizon, c. 1850-c. 2000p. 349
Notesp. 401
Picture Acknowledgementsp. 418
Indexp. 419
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