New Worlds, Ancient Texts
The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery
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New Worlds, Ancient Texts by Anthony Grafton
Book DescriptionDescribing an era of exploration during the Renaissance that went far beyond geographic bounds, this book shows how the evidence of the New World shook the foundations of the old, upsetting the authority of the ancient texts that had guided Europeans so far afield. What Grafton recounts is a war of ideas fought by mariners, scientists, publishers and rulers over a period of 150 years. Using vignettes, published debates and illustrations, this work portrays these men and their contemporaries trying to make sense of their discoveries as they sometimes confirm, sometimes contest, and finally displace traditional notions of the world beyond Europe. This text was awarded the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize in 1993.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674618763
(235mm x 203mm x 20mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Anthony Grafton
Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University. April Shelford is a graduate student in history at Princeton University. Nancy Siraisi is Distinguished Professor of History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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