The Year 1000 by Valerie Hansen audiobook

The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began

By Valerie Hansen
Read by Cynthia Farrell

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501194108
8.98 Hours Unabridged
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From celebrated Yale professor Valerie Hansen, a groundbreaking work of history showing that bold explorations and daring trade missions connected all of the world’s great societies for the first time at the end of the first millennium. People often believe that the years immediately prior to AD 1000 were, with just a few exceptions, lacking in any major cultural developments or geopolitical encounters, that the Europeans hadn’t yet reached North America, and that the farthest feat of sea travel was the Vikings’ invasion of Britain. But how, then, to explain the presence of blonde-haired people in Maya temple murals at Chichén Itzá, Mexico? Could it be possible that the Vikings had found their way to the Americas during the height of the Maya empire? Valerie Hansen, an award-winning historian, argues that the year 1000 was the world’s first point of major cultural exchange and exploration. Drawing on nearly thirty years of research, she presents a compelling account of first encounters between disparate societies, which sparked conflict and collaboration eerily reminiscent of our contemporary moment. For readers of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens, The Year 1000 is an intellectually daring, provocative account that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about how the modern world came to be. It will also hold up a mirror to the hopes and fears we experience today.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

From celebrated Yale professor Valerie Hansen, a groundbreaking work of history showing that bold explorations and daring trade missions connected all of the world’s great societies for the first time at the end of the first millennium.

People often believe that the years immediately prior to AD 1000 were, with just a few exceptions, lacking in any major cultural developments or geopolitical encounters, that the Europeans hadn’t yet reached North America, and that the farthest feat of sea travel was the Vikings’ invasion of Britain. But how, then, to explain the presence of blonde-haired people in Maya temple murals at Chichén Itzá, Mexico? Could it be possible that the Vikings had found their way to the Americas during the height of the Maya empire?

Valerie Hansen, an award-winning historian, argues that the year 1000 was the world’s first point of major cultural exchange and exploration. Drawing on nearly thirty years of research, she presents a compelling account of first encounters between disparate societies, which sparked conflict and collaboration eerily reminiscent of our contemporary moment.

For readers of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens, The Year 1000 is an intellectually daring, provocative account that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about how the modern world came to be. It will also hold up a mirror to the hopes and fears we experience today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fascinating…[a] highly impressive, deeply researched, lively and imaginative work.” New York Times Book Review
“The Year 1000 is a tour-de-force and offers many new ways of thinking about the past.” The Spectator (London)
“A smart, broad-ranging survey of the global Middle Ages that is learned, thought-provoking—and perfectly tuned to our times.” Sunday Times (London)
“Vivid and edifying…full of fascinating details, and easily toggles between the big picture and local affairs. This astonishingly comprehensive account casts world history in a brilliant new light.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Full of eye-opening surprises. Hansen tells a rich and fascinating story of the many ways that far-flung societies a millennium ago forged connections…A masterly work of scholarship.” Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance
“Anyone who thinks that globalization is something new needs to read this book!” Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules—for Now
“A whole new way of looking at the world. If you have the idea that medieval history was a time when there were few connections between those who inhabited different places on the map, this book will reorient you in the most stimulating way possible…Brilliant.” Rana Mitter, author of Forgotten Ally
“Hansen has not only fashioned a coherent and original vision of the world…but described it in a clear, concrete, and absorbing narrative that will entertain and enlighten every reader.” R. I. Moore, author of The First European Revolution

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English