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    The survey of current thinking on the population of the americas via that Beringia land bridge and the subsequent summary of the evolutions of early american society is interesting.But the repeated comparisons between american society and eurasian society are really fraught and often belabored The comparisons between the two hemisphere s agriculture and domesticable animals are fine, but the assertion that Aztec apparently it spolitically correct to call them Mexica philosophy was as ri The survey of current thinking on the population of the americas via that Beringia land bridge and the subsequent summary of the evolutions of early american society is interesting.But the repeated comparisons between american society and eurasian society are really fraught and often belabored The comparisons between the two hemisphere s agriculture and domesticable animals are fine, but the assertion that Aztec apparently it spolitically correct to call them Mexica philosophy was as rich as medieval europe s is ludicrous, especially given that such a huge volume of Aztec codices have been preserved and deciphered The Aztecs did some respectable philosophical work, but Mann s exaggerations aside, they didn t come close to rivaling the work done in ancient Greece, to say nothing of the subsequent 2,000 years of philosophy in Europe with a nod towards Middle Eastern contributions as well that took place between the death of Aristotle and the discovery of the new world Today, it may be...


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    This was like a coloring book of pre Pilgrim North America for me in that it filled in a lot of unanswered questions and brilliantly illuminated some areas of my knowledge that were mere outlines It stays within the lines and makes my early attempts at coloring in the past look like spidery, seizure induced scrawlings.Being originally from New England, I m well aw...


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    As someone who writes professionally in this area unabashed plug watch for God s Mercies, Doubleday Canada, in October 07 I have high praise for this title, a long overdue assessment of native culture and civilization before and at contact with Europeans I m still reading it, but I ve been impressed so far I ve now finished, see below Anyone who enjoyed it should also consider Elaine Dewar s Bones, which explores the archaeological controversy of how long people have been in the ...


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    Very well written, a good mixture of factual evidence and narrative The main take home point here should be known to everyone, especially Americans There is a reason why there was a period of 128 years between Colombus landing and a permanent European settlement in North America Namely, there were millions of Native Americans there who thought Europeans were dirty, amusing creatures who had interesting objects but were not fit for being neighbors Attempted European settlers were continuousl Very well written, a good mixture of factual evidence and narrative The main take home point here should be known to everyone, especially Americans There is a reason why there was a period of 128 years between Colombus landing and a permanent European settlement in North America Namely, there were millions of Native Americans there who thought Europeans were dirty, amusing creatures who had interesting objects but were not fit for being neighbors Attempted European settlers were continuously driven out When one tribe finally took pity on the English settlement of Plymouth, it was only because a smallpox epidemic had killed vast numbers of the them off, and they were concerned about being run over by their enemies, who had ...


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    In brief I felt this was an adequate, often fascinating summary of human habitation of the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans as understood by present day historians and scientists I was happy to see that Mann highlighted controversial areas without simply adopting one side of any given controversy, and in general it seemed like a balanced, well researched book That said, there were numerous peccadillos.Mann starts with the basic assertion that the West s primary mistake in our concep In brief I felt this was an adequate, often fascinating summary of human habitation of the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans as understood by present day historians and scientists I was happy to see that Mann highlighted controversial areas without simply adopting one side of any given controversy, and in general it seemed like a balanced, well researched book That said, there were numerous peccadillos.Mann starts with the basic assertion that the West s primary mistake in our conception of American Indians is that we have generally seen them as unchanging features in a primeval wilderness This, he argues, is dehumanizing, regardless of whether you prefer to prefix savage with noble, because a people incapable of change seems incapable of will, of thought, of ingenuity.He attempts to dismantle this notion by presenting research supporting 3 broad ...


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    See updated alternative reading recommendations below.Well, I finally finished it There were some interesting factoids, such as the theory that much of therainforest was planted by humans, but even then the data were not marshaled in a convincing, coherent fashion Over all, the book was badly organized, the chapter and section headings provided no clue to their purpose, the text jumped wildly across continents and thousands of years for no logical reason and technical terms were too of See updated alternative reading recommendations below.Well, I finally finished it There were some interesting factoids, such as the theory that much of therainforest was planted by humans, but even then the data were not marshaled in a convincing, coherent fashion Over all, the book was badly organized, the chapter and section headings provided no clue to their purpose, the text jumped wildly across continents and thousands of years for no logical reason and technical terms were too often introduced but never defined I had to look up MFAC in the index to discover it meant Maritime Foundation of Andean Civilizat...


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    Fascinating exploration of what we know of the New World before Columbus arrived I knew pretty much nothing about the Incas, the Mayans, the Aztecs, and all the other societies that actually were possibly BIGGER than Europe in 1492, and dwarfed it in centuries before It s also an interesting survey of these societies and their environments, of how the Indians and the pristine environments are a bit of a myth The scope of the book covers so many different culture, puts everything into a co Fascinating exploration of what we know of the New World before Columbus arrived I knew pretty much nothing about the Incas, the Mayans, the Aztecs, and all the other societies that actually were possibly BIGGER than Europe in 1492, and dwarfed it in centuries before It s also an interesting survey of these societies and t...


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    Author Charles Mann s purpose is to debunk three commonly held ideas about the Americas before Columbus that the continents were sparsely populated, that the social and technical development was limited and that the locals left the environment untouched.In discussing scholarly debates on these subjects, he convincingly argues that the population, before the decimation of disease, was quite high The debate is just how many people there were rather than whether the continents were pristine unocc Author Charles Mann s purpose is to debunk three commonly held ideas about the Americas before Columbus that the continents were sparsely populated, that the social and technical development was limited and that the locals left the environment untouched.In di...


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    This book could be good Unfortunately the author seems determined in every part of his research to interject his own opinion without duly backing it up I stopped reading it somewhere around page 100, where the author makes the comparison between ritual human sacrifice by the Aztecs and executions in European countries By taking the executions in England for a 100 year period, then adjusting for the size of the English population compared to the estimated possible population of the Aztecs, a This book could be good Unfortunately the author seems determined in every part of his research to interject his own opinion without duly backing it up I stopped reading it somewhere around page 100, where the author makes the comparison between ritual human sacrifice by the Aztecs and executions in European countries By taking the executions in England for a 100 year period, then adjusting for the size of the English population compare...


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    Let me start by noting that Mann is a journalist, rather than a historian or cultural anthropologist This results in a work that is extremely accessible to the non specialist reader and lacking in jargon So much of our notions of what North America was like before Europeans arrived are the result of o...


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1491 A Groundbreaking Study That Radically Alters Our Understanding Of The Americas Before The Arrival Of The Europeans In 1492.Traditionally, Americans Learned In School That The Ancestors Of The People Who Inhabited The Western Hemisphere At The Time Of Columbus S Landing Had Crossed The Bering Strait Twelve Thousand Years Ago Existed Mainly In Small, Nomadic Bands And Lived So Lightly On The Land That The Americas Was, For All Practical Purposes, Still A Vast Wilderness But As Charles C Mann Now Makes Clear, Archaeologists And Anthropologists Have Spent The Last Thirty Years Proving These And Many Other Long Held Assumptions Wrong.In A Book That Startles And Persuades, Mann Reveals How A New Generation Of Researchers Equipped With Novel Scientific Techniques Came To Previously Unheard Of Conclusions Among Them In 1491 There Were Probably People Living In The Americas Than In Europe.Certain Cities Such As Tenochtitl N, The Aztec Capital Were Far Greater In Population Than Any Contemporary European City Further, Tenochtitl N, Unlike Any Capital In Europe At That Time, Had Running Water, Beautiful Botanical Gardens, And Immaculately Clean Streets.The Earliest Cities In The Western Hemisphere Were Thriving Before The Egyptians Built The Great Pyramids.Pre Columbian Indians In Mexico Developed Corn By A Breeding Process So Sophisticated That The Journal Science Recently Described It As Man S First, And Perhaps The Greatest, Feat Of Genetic Engineering Ian Indians Learned How To Farm The Rain Forest Without Destroying It A Process Scientists Are Studying Today In The Hope Of Regaining This Lost Knowledge.Native Americans Transformed Their Land So Completely That Europeans Arrived In A Hemisphere Already Massively Landscaped By Human Beings.Mann Sheds Clarifying Light On The Methods Used To Arrive At These New Visions Of The Pre Columbian Americas And How They Have Affected Our Understanding Of Our History And Our Thinking About The Environment His Book Is An Exciting And Learned Account Of Scientific Inquiry And Revelation.

  • Paperback
  • 541 pages
  • 1491
  • Charles C. Mann
  • English
  • 13 November 2018
  • 1400032059

About the Author: Charles C. Mann

Charles C Mann is a correspondent for Science and The Atlantic Monthly, and has cowritten four previous books includingNoah s Choice The Future of Endangered Species and The Second CreationA three time National Magazine Award finalist, he has won awards from the American Bar Association, the Margaret Sanger Foundation, the American Institute of Physics, and the Alfred P Sloan Foundation, Charles C Mann is a correspondent for Science and The Atlantic Monthly, and has cowritten four previous books includingNoah s Choice The Future of Endangered Species and The Second CreationA three time National Magazine Award finalist, he has won awards from the American Bar Association, the Margaret Sanger Foundation, the American Institute of Physics, and the Alfred P Sloan Foundation, among others His writing was selected for The Best American Science Writing 2003 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003 He lives with his wife and their children in Amherst, Massachusetts