The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492

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Greenwood Press, 1972 - History - 268 pages
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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User Review  - Dan.Allosso - LibraryThing

For environmental historians, The Columbian Exchange is one of those books that must be read. Although the book is now 42 years old, and contains some outdated information (for example, Crosby based ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A Seminal book that opened the revival of exo-biology. There's a more recent work, "1493" by Charles C. Mann, that I'm hoping to get to soon. We have opened a Pandora's box of shared plants and ... Read full review


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

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