The World in Motion

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
A publisher, editor and graphic designer takes a world-wide journey through a single year during the 17th century, highlighting changes in traditions, business enterprises, family life and societies and featuring images and artwork from the era.

Perseus Publishing
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.

Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Counterpoint, c2012
ISBN: 9781582437743
Branch Call Number: 909.6 CHR
Characteristics: 384 p. ;,ill. (chiefly col.), map, ports. (some col.) ;,27 cm.


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Jan 16, 2017

An very wide ranging encomium of events and personages from around the world in the early seventeenth century. Numerous pictures with lengthy captions: portraits, maps of cities, late Ming landscape paintings, and many others. Many of the episodes were interesting and exciting, but the prose was a bit flat, especially in the last quarter of the book. Lengthy bibliography and long essay for further reading.

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