1616: The World in Motion

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Counterpoint Press, 2012 - History - 384 pages
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The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international megacorporations were emerging as economic powers. In Europe, the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes marked the end of an era in literature, as the spirit of the Renaissance was giving way to new attitudes that would lead to the age of revolutions. Great changes were also taking place in East Asia, where the last native Chinese dynasty was entering its final years and Japan was beginning its long period of warrior rule. Artists there, as in many parts of the world, were rethinking their connections to ancient traditions and experimenting with new directions. Women everywhere were redefining their roles in family and society. Slave trading was relocating large numbers of people, while others were migrating in search of new opportunities. The first tourists, traveling not for trade or exploration but for personal fulfillment, were exploring this new globalized world.

Thomas Christensen illuminates this extravagant age by focusing on a single riotous year. Woven with color images and artwork from the period,1616 tells the surprising tales of the men and women who set the world on its tumultuous course toward modernity.

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User Review  - bdinan - LibraryThing

This is a gorgeous book with glossy pages and color photos interspersed every few pages. The book examines what happened everywhere in the world during the year 1616. Dip into it at any point and become engrossed in 17th century. Read full review

1616: The World In Motion

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A well-researched and entertaining but somewhat scattershot look at a single watershed year in history and how its upheaval changed the world.The year 1616 experienced numerous small transformations ... Read full review


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Thomas Christensen's previous books include New World/New Words: Recent Writing from the Americas, A Bilingual Anthology, The U.S.-Mexican War, and The Discovery of America and Other Myths as well as translations of books by such authors as Laura Esquivel, Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortazar, Alejo Carpentier and Louis-Ferdinand Celine. He is director of publications at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and lives with his wife in Richmond, California.

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