Atlas of the Year 1000

ISBN-10: 067400678X

ISBN-13: 9780674006782

Edition: 1999

Authors: John Man

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This dazzling book takes us on a voyage of discovery around the world at the turn of the last millennium, when for the first time the world was in essence a unity. Islam bridged Eurasia, western Europe, and North Africa. Vikings, with links to Scandinavia and Russia, had just arrived in North America. These and other peoples reached out to create links and put isolated cultures unwittingly in touch. John Man vividly captures these epochal events, and depicts the colorful peoples that defined the world's mix of stability and change, of isolation and contact. In an immensely learned portrayal, he traces enduring cultural strands that became part of the world as we know it today. In text, maps, and pictures, most in color, and drawing on the expertise of two dozen consultants, John Man has created a concise compendium of all the major cultures of the lost millennial world of 1000. In some cultures--Europe, Islam, China, and Japan--written records contain a vast range of materials, often revealing sharply focused details of life and personality. Here lie startling contrasts with today's world, and even foreshadowing of the future that are equally astonishing in their familiarity. For nonliterate cultures--in the United States, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, Africa--this book draws on a wealth of archeological research, some of it made available to nonspecialists for the first time.
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 12/21/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Introduction One World in the Making
The AMericas
Isolated Cultures Brought to Light by Archaeology
The Enigma of Tiahuanaco
The Toltecs' Brief Heyday
Cahokia: Capital of the Eastern Woodlands
The South-West: A Cultural Bloom in a Harsh Land
Bison Hunters and Farmers of the Prairies
A Tapestry of Cultures on the West Coast
The Far North: The Coming of the Thule People
The Vikings in Vinland
A Benighted Continent on the Brink Of a New Dawn
The Reach of Rome
The Viking Heartland
New-found Lands in Iceland and Greenland
England: A Nation on Its Knees
The Celtic World
France: Powerful Dukes, an Embattled King
Viking + Greek = Russian Orthodox
Otto III's Teenage Dreams of imperial Grandeur
The Corning of the Ashkenazim
The Emergence of Hungary
Byzantium: Fighting to Preserve the Glory
The World of Islam
A Political Patchwork, a Cultural Unity
Baghdad: The Heart of Islam
The Slaves of lslam
The Fatimids: Ambition, Power and Madness
Islamic Spain: Glory and Egomania
Central Asia: The Coming of the Turks
Mahmud, Scourge of Northern India
Judaism: A Faith Toughened by Trials
Two Suns and Their Planets
China: The Success of the Sung
Tibet's Dark Age
The Liao: A Challenge from the North
Hsi-hsia: 'The Great State of White and High'
Korea: Struggle for Unity, Wealth and Independence
Japan: The Rise and Rise of Michinaga
The Khmers: The First of Angkor's Wonders
India: Fleeting Power, Enduring Glory
Indonesia: Two Empires Built on Spices
Early States and Proto-Empires
Islam's Peaceful Trade with Realms of Gold
The Rich Land of the Great Lakes
Ethiopia: A World A
The South: The Golden Meadows of Zimbabwe's First Capital
Remote Worlds Linked by Polynesian Voyages
The Moth-Eaters of the Australian Alps
Colonists of the 'Long White Cloud'
Easter Island: The Message of the Statues
Appendix A Millennial Gazetteer
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