The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492

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Greenwood Press, 1972 - History - 268 pages
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The best thing about this book is its overarching thesis, the concept of a Columbian exchange. This provocative device permits Crosby to shape a lot of familiar and seemingly unrelated data into a fresh synthesis. . . . The implications of this interplay between novel biological and social forces are fascinating. Journal of American History

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Review: The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492

User Review  - Carrie - Goodreads

Absolutely fascinating book on the effects of Columbus encountering the New World. It examines every facet from disease to food and examines the routes they took, comparing a variety of places to one another rather than generalizing, particularly in terms of crops. Really fast, enjoyable read! Read full review

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User Review  - Andy - Goodreads

I have never read a book with so much "if, must have, probably, one must question, guesswork" phraseology. Those words are red flags for something that may be a useful conversation starter, but should ... Read full review

Contents

The Contrasts
3
Conquistador y Pestilencia
35
Old World Plants and Animals in the New World
64
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About the author (1972)

Alfred W. Crosby, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Geography at the University of Texas, Austin

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