The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History by Richard Bulliet, Pamela Crossley, Daniel Headrick, Steven

By Richard Bulliet, Pamela Crossley, Daniel Headrick, Steven Hirsch, Lyman Johnson

The Earth and Its Peoples was once one of many first texts to provide global historical past in a balanced, worldwide framework, moving the focal point clear of political facilities of strength. This actually international textual content for the realm heritage survey path employs a basic theme--the interplay of people and the environment--to examine diverse instances, locations, and societies. exact emphasis is given to know-how (in its broadest feel) and the way technological improvement underlies all human task. hugely acclaimed of their fields of analysis, the authors deliver a wide range of craftsmanship to this system. a mixture of robust scholarship and unique pedagogy supplies the e-book its acceptance for rigor and scholar accessibility. The Fourth variation gains broad new assurance of global occasions, together with globalization within the new millennium. assurance of China has additionally been widely reorganized and rewritten.

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It would take the Portuguese four decades to cover the 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) from Lisbon to Sierra Leone°; it then took only three decades to explore caravel (KAR-uh-vel) Sierra Leone (see-ER-uh lee-OWN) ARCTIC OCEAN GREENLAND Amsterdam Antwerp Newfoundland 1497 NORTH AMERICA EUROPE Lisbon Seville Constantinople Ceuta 1492 1492 Cuba Mexico City HONDURAS AZTEC EMPIRE Cape Verde Is. 1456 Cartagena Timbuktu Niani Trinidad 1498 Quito OCEAN GOLD COAST 1519 Panama Mombasa 97 1498 152 AZ BR Potosí SWAHILI COAST ATLANTIC ZIMBABWE 1500 152 2 AUSTRALIA Tordesillas Line (1494) Cape of Good Hope Portuguese explorers During Henry the Navigator’s reign Dias 3000 Mi.

At first the Aztecs placed themselves at the service of strong indigenous residents, but after 1300 they began to build their own empire. Relying on their military skills, members of the Aztec warrior elite were able to conquer territories and reduce peasants to their service. The growth of a servile class at the bottom of society was paralleled by the growth of a powerful ruling class housed in well-constructed two-story dwellings in the Aztec capital cities. The servile laborers supplied the food needs of the growing cities and were impressed into building elaborate canals and land reclamation projects.

With only a modest share of the Mediterranean trade, they were much more willing than the Italians to take risks to find new routes through the Atlantic to the rich trade of Africa and Asia. Moreover, both were participants in the shipbuilding changes and the gunpowder revolution that were under way in Atlantic Europe. Though not centers of Renaissance learning, both were especially open to new geographical knowledge. Finally, both states were blessed with exceptional leaders. Portugal’s decision to invest significant resources in new exploration rested on an already well-established Atlantic fishing industry and a history of anti-Muslim warfare.

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