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Thirty years ago, Alfred Crosby published a small work that illuminated a simple point, that the most important changes brought on by the voyages of Columbus were not social or political, but biological in nature. The book told the story of how 1492 sparked the movement of organisms, both large and small, in both directions across the Atlantic. This Columbian exchange, between the Old World and the New, changed the history of our planet drastically and forever.

The book The Columbian Exchange changed the field of history drastically and forever as well. It has become one of the foundational works in the burgeoning field of environmental history, and it remains one of the canonical texts for the study of world history. This 30th anniversary edition of The Columbian Exchange includes a new preface from the author, reflecting on the book and its creation, and a new foreword by J. R. McNeill that demonstrates how Crosby established a brand new perspective for understanding ecological and social events. As the foreword indicates, The Columbian Exchange remains a vital book, a small work that contains within the inspiration for future examinations into what happens when two peoples, separated by time and space, finally meet.

Book News Annotation:

Crosby (American studies, history, and geography, U. of Texas-Austin) adds a new preface pointing out some of the deficiencies, and some of the enduring qualities, of his 1972 treatise about the impact the old and new worlds had on each other after 1492. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The classic work that revolutionized how we understand the environmental and cultural impact of the European conquest of the Americas.

Synopsis:

Thirty years ago, Alfred Crosby published a small work that illuminated a simple point, that the most important changes brought on by the voyages of Columbus were not social or political, but biological in nature. The book told the story of how 1492 sparked the movement of organisms, both large and small, in both directions across the Atlantic. This "Columbian exchange," between the Old World and the New, changed the history of our planet drastically and forever.

About the Author

ALFRED W. CROSBY JR. is Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Geography at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (1986), America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918 (1989), The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600 (1997), and most recently Throwing Fire: Projectile Technology through History (2002).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword (2002)

Preface (2002)

Foreword (1972)

Preface (1972)

The Contrasts

Conquistador y Pestilencia

Old World Plants and Animals in the New World

The Early History of Syphilis: A Reappraisal

New World Foods and Old World Demography

The Columbian Exchange Continues

Bibliography (1972)

Bibliography (2002)

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780275980733
Author:
Crosby, Alfred W.
Publisher:
Praeger
Author:
d W.
Author:
Crosby, Alfred
Author:
Crosby, Alfre
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
Epidemiology
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Biogeography
Subject:
Indians -- Agriculture.
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Number:
30
Edition Description:
Anniversary
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.70x6.18x1.12 in. 1.06 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Thirty years ago, Alfred Crosby published a small work that illuminated a simple point, that the most important changes brought on by the voyages of Columbus were not social or political, but biological in nature. The book told the story of how 1492 sparked the movement of organisms, both large and small, in both directions across the Atlantic. This "Columbian exchange," between the Old World and the New, changed the history of our planet drastically and forever.
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