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Arab-Byzantine Coins: An Introduction, with a Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection Catalogs) by Clive Foss
Arab-Byzantine Coins: An Introduction, with a Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection Catalogs)

Lawrence Gaye, June 4, 2009

The Dunbarton Oaks Collection of Byzantine Coinage is well known for it's scope and sheer size. This new catalogue of Arab-Byzantine coinage in the Dunbarton Oaks collection is a must have for any Byzantine coin collector both for the catalogue as well as the commentary supplied by Clive Foss. For the more advanced collector of Arab-Byzantine coins it will give more information to build on.

For the casual and advanced collector of this very small but important series it will shed new light on the monetary needs of a territory in transition from a Christian world to an Islamic world.

As a simple, enjoyable read on a basic economic fact of life it can be applied to all countries involved in a radical shift in monetary and economic policy due to war and conquest. How do you supply a conquered population with the coinage they need to supply their everyday needs that is both familiar as well as marking the transition from old to new?

Arab-Byzantine Coins: An Introduction, with a Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection is a bargain and an enjoyable one at that.

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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Lawrence Gaye, January 22, 2007

I have always enjoyed following the saga of the peopleing of the America's as promulgated by the various camps of American archaeology.

Charles Mann takes us on a virutal tour of the America's before Columbus by introducing us to it's first peoples. The resulting impact and scope of life here before and after the arrival of "modern" Europeans is well illustrated and documented.

The pristine wilderness that greeted the earliest European visitors had already been engineered by the original inhabitants to enable them to enjoy a viable and civilized America with a well fed and organized population. Savanna's and forests were here by virtue of the careful management by the first occupants who thickly populated the continents of North and South America.

Once again I am confronted with the reluctance of science to accept new ideas simply to defend turf.
"1491" is a great book, an enjoyable read and a real service to all interested in the history of the America's, the people who first managed it, and we who continue to do so today.
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