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The Americas: A Hemispheric History (Modern Library Chronicles) (2003)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375504761, Hardcover)From food to the spread of political ideas, the landmass from northern Canada to the southern tip of Argentina is complexly bound together, yet these connections are generally ignored. In this groundbreaking and vividly rendered work, leading historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto tells, for the first time, the story of our hemisphere as a whole, showing why it is impossible to understand North, Central, and South America in isolation, and looking instead to the intricate and common forces that continue to shape the region.
With his trademark erudition, imagination, and thematic breadth, Fernández-Armesto ranges over commerce, religion, agriculture, the environment, the slave trade, culture, and politics. He takes us from man’s arrival in North America to the Colonial and Independence periods, to the “American Century” and beyond. For most of human history, the south dominated the north: as Fernández-Armesto argues in his provocative conclusion, it might well again.
A panoramic yet richly textured story that embodies fresh ways of looking at cross-cultural exchange, conflict, and interaction, The Americas demolishes our traditional ways of looking at the hemisphere, putting in place a compelling and fruitful new vision.
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"This book is the first history to be written of the Americas as a whole. With his characteristic range and independence of thought, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto shows us why it is impossible to understand the history of North, Central or South America in isolation. From the first civilisations up to today, the land mass has been bound together in a web of inter-relationships - from migration and trade to religion, culture, food and the spread of political ideas." "For most of history the south was dominant, the north dependent. When the civilisations of the Olmecs, Mayas, Incas and Aztecs were followed by the empires of Spain and Portugal, it seemed that only the dregs were left for the English and the French. Then in the mid eighteenth century parts of North America began the great leap forward that has taken the USA to a position of global dominance." "But gringo privilege is a product of history, not of fate. The present state of the American hemisphere, the author argues, is neither inevitable nor sustainable. The United States is now at the peak of its dominance, and the rest of the Americas are about to begin to catch up."--BOOK JACKET.
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