1493 for Young People: From Columbus's Voyage to Globalization
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1493 for Young People: From Columbus's Voyage to Globalization

Charles C. Mann

1493 for Young People presents a spellbinding view of globalization, from its beginnings in the fifteenth century through to the present, through stories of travel, trade, colonization, and migration. How did the lowly potato feed the poor across Europe and then cause the deaths of millions? How did the rubber plant enable industrialization? What is the connection between malaria, slavery, and the outcome of the American Revolution? How did the fabled silver mountain of sixteenth-century Bolivia fund economic development in the flood-prone plains of rural China and the wars of the Spanish Empire? Here is the story of how the greatest human leaps forward have at times also posed the greatest threats to human advancement.

Mann's language is as plainspoken and clear as it is provocative, his research and erudition vast, his conclusions bound to stimulate the critical thinking of young people. 1493 for Young People provides tools for wrestling with the most pressing issues of today, and will empower young people as they struggle with a changing world.

About Charles C. Mann

CHARLES C. MANN is the author of 1493, a New York Times best-seller, and 1491, which won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Keck award or the best book of the year. A correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, he has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad, including National Geographic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post. In addition to 1491 and 1493, he is the co-author of five other books, one of which is a young person's version of 1491 called Before Columbus. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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