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Atlas of the year 1000
Man, John.
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999.
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144 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
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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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Booklist Review

As we enter the new millennium, with the expected retrospectives, this book provides a fascinating look at the end of the previous millennium. Man, a historian and travel writer, renders an engaging account of the world in the year 1000. He notes the first millennial fears, when much unchartered territory still existed in the world, and cites archaeological and anthropological evidence of more developed societies in Africa and the Americas than had been previously acknowledged: highly developed cities before the introduction of European influences. He explores how factors such as different types of crops and animals caused different speeds of development in the civilization of Europe versus the Americas. Man examines Europe's threat to the more developed societies of Islamic nations and simmering conflicts throughout Europe that despite the religious veneer were more about power. The book is beautifully illustrated with maps and photographs of artifacts and includes arresting sidebars on politics, religion, literature, and economics that influenced events of the last millennium. --Vanessa Bush

Table of Contents

Introduction One World in the Making
Part 1 The AMericas
Isolated Cultures Brought to Light by Archaeology
1 The Enigma of Tiahuanaco
2 The Toltecs' Brief Heyday
3 Cahokia: Capital of the Eastern Woodlands
4 The South-West: A Cultural Bloom in a Harsh Land
5 Bison Hunters and Farmers of the Prairies
6 A Tapestry of Cultures on the West Coast
7 The Far North: The Coming of the Thule People
8 The Vikings in Vinland
Part 2 Europe
A Benighted Continent on the Brink Of a New Dawn
1 The Reach of Rome
2 The Viking Heartland
3 New-found Lands in Iceland and Greenland
4 England: A Nation on Its Knees
5 The Celtic World
6 France: Powerful Dukes, an Embattled King
7 Viking + Greek = Russian Orthodox
8 Otto III's Teenage Dreams of imperial Grandeur
9 The Corning of the Ashkenazim
10 The Emergence of Hungary
11 Byzantium: Fighting to Preserve the Glory
Part 3 The World of Islam
A Political Patchwork, a Cultural Unity
1 Baghdad: The Heart of Islam
2 The Slaves of lslam
3 The Fatimids: Ambition, Power and Madness
4 Islamic Spain: Glory and Egomania
5 Central Asia: The Coming of the Turks
6 Mahmud, Scourge of Northern India
7 Judaism: A Faith Toughened by Trials
Part 4 Asia
Two Suns and Their Planets
1 China: The Success of the Sung
2 Tibet's Dark Age
3 The Liao: A Challenge from the North
4 Hsi-hsia: 'The Great State of White and High'
5 Korea: Struggle for Unity, Wealth and Independence
6 Japan: The Rise and Rise of Michinaga
7 The Khmers: The First of Angkor's Wonders
8 India: Fleeting Power, Enduring Glory
9 Indonesia: Two Empires Built on Spices
Part 5 Africa
Early States and Proto-Empires
1 Islam's Peaceful Trade with Realms of Gold
2 The Rich Land of the Great Lakes
3 Ethiopia: A World A
Part 4 The South: The Golden Meadows of Zimbabwe's First Capital
Part 6 Oceania
Remote Worlds Linked by Polynesian Voyages
1 The Moth-Eaters of the Australian Alps
2 Colonists of the 'Long White Cloud'
3 Easter Island: The Message of the Statues
Appendix A Millennial Gazetteer