The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began

The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began Book Details

From celebrated Yale professor Valerie Hansen, a groundbreaking work of history showing that bold explorations and daring trade missions connected all of the world’s great societies for the first time at the end of the first millennium.

In history, myth often abides. It was long assumed that the centuries immediately prior to AD 1000 were lacking in any major cultural developments or geopolitical encounters, that the Europeans hadn’t yet discovered North America, that the farthest anyone had traveled over sea was the Vikings’ invasion of Britain. But how, then, to explain the presence of blonde-haired people in Mayan temple murals in Chichen Itza, Mexico? Could it be possible that the Vikings had found their way to the Americas during the height of the Mayan empire?

Valerie Hansen, a much-honored historian, argues that the year 1000 was the world’s first point of major cultural exchange and exploration. Drawing on nearly thirty years of research on medieval China and global history, she presents a compelling account of first encounters between disparate societies. As people on at least five continents ventured outward, they spread technology, new crops, and religion. These encounters, she shows, made it possible for Christopher Columbus to reach the Americas in 1492, and set the stage for the process of globalization that so dominates the modern era.

For readers of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens, The Year 1000 is an intellectually daring, provocative account that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about how the modern world came to be. It will also hold up a mirror to the hopes and fears we experience today.

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  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    I think this book would have gotten a better reception in the 1990s when globalization was a buzzword with a little more shine to it. Still, the phenomena the author relates are real and important jus...

  • Peter Tillman

    NYT review, by Christiane Bird: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/bo...Excerpt:"Today, we in the West tend to believe that it wasn’t until the late 1400s and 1500s, when Europeans sailed to the Ame...

  • Naomi

    I learned a lot of surprising things from this book.The first was how wealthy and powerful Constantinople and the Islamic world were in the year 1000. In archaeology digs across Scandinavia and Easter...

  • Claire Banks

    I picked up this book after listening to her fascinating talk with The Explorer’s Club in New York City.It’s filled with incredible stories about the ways in which humans and ideas were moving abo...

  • Bill

    The Year 1000 by Valerie Hansen is an engagingly informative look at, well, the year 1000 (though Hansen move forwards and backwards from that date for context. Hansen argues that the trading relation...

  • Mal Warwick

    Most historians date the emergence of globalization to the Columbian Exchange, the transfer across the Atlantic of goods, mineral resources, edible plants, slaves, and contagious diseases that began s...

  • Kristine

    The Year 1000 by Valerie Hansen is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-March.Neat, this shines a light on the mysterious, deep-sea trench that is ancient civilized history. Hansen’s voice is e...

  • Dennis Hogan

    Finished The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World - and Globalization Began by Valerie Hansen, the noted Yale Professor that explores the world wide exploration and trade break out that took ...

  • John Machata

    3.75 stars Some 4 star chapters and some 2 stars. Thoroughly appreciated the overall message that around the year 1000 was the era of the first world globalization. On the other hand to hypothesize th...

  • Cool_guy

    An interesting overview global interconnectedness around the year 1000. Especially interesting was the development of cash crop and resource extraction economies in SE Asia to meet Chinese and middle ...