Worlds of Christopher Columbus

ISBN-10: 052144652X

ISBN-13: 9780521446525

Edition: N/A

Authors: William D. Phillips, Carla Rahn Phillips

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When Columbus was born in the mid-fifteenth century, Europe was largely isolated from the rest of the Old World - Africa and Asia - and ignorant of the existence of the world of the Western Hemisphere. The voyages of Christopher Columbus opened a period of European exploration and empire building that breached the boundaries of those isolated worlds and changed the course of human history. This book describes the life and times of Christopher Columbus on the 500th aniversary of his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492. Since ancient times, Europeans had dreamed of discovering new routes to the untold riches of Asia and the Far East, what set Columbus apart from these explorers was his single-minded dedication to finding official support to make that dream a reality. More than a simple description of the man, this new book places Columbus in a very broad context of European and world history. Columbuss story is not just the story of one mans rise and fall. Seen in its broader context, his life becomes a prism reflecting the broad range of human experience for the past five hundred years. Respected historians of medieval Spain and early America, the authors examine Columbuss quest for funds, first in Portugal and then in Spain, where he finally won royal backing for his scheme. Through his successful voyage in 1492 and three subsequent journeys to the new world Columbus reached the pinnacle of fame and wealth, and yet he eventually lost royal support through his own failings. William and Carla Rahn Phillips discuss the reasons for this fall and describe the empire created by the Spaniards in the lands across the ocean, even though neither they, nor anyone else in Europe, know precisely where or what those lands were. In examining the birth of a new world, this book reveals much about the times that produced these intrepid explorers.
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/27/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Carla Rahn Phillips is the Union Pacific Professor in Comparative Early Modern History at the University of Minnesota. She has published two award-winning books with Johns Hopkins, Six Galleons for the King of Spain: Imperial Defense in the Early Seventeenth Century and, with William D. Phillips, Jr., Spain's Golden Fleece: Wool Production and the Wool Trade from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century.

Preface
Introduction
Principles of image formation by a lens
The transmission electron microscope
Kinematical theory of electron diffraction
Dynamical theory of electron diffraction
The observation of crystal defects
High-resolution transmission electron microscopy
Chemical analysis in the transmission electron microscope
Mineralogical applications of TEM - I: defects and microstructures in undeformed specimens
Mineralogical applications of TEM - II: dislocations and microstructures associated with deformation
References
Index
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