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The Americas

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A history of North, South and Central America, from prehistory to the present, by one of the world's best-known historians.With his trademark range and independence of thought, Felipe Fernandez- Armesto sweeps aside the tidy separation between the enlightened `first world' United States and Canada, and less privileged `Latin America'. He shows us why it is impossible to understand the history of North, Central and South America in isolation. From the emergence of the first human civilisations through the arrival of Europeans and up to today, the land mass has been bound together in a complex web of inter-relationships - from migration and trade to religion, slavery, warfare, culture, food and the spread of political ideas. For most of human history, it was the South that dominated the North - and, as he argues in his provocative conclusion, it might well againshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152 x 198 x 16mm | 202g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753818027
  • 9780753818022
  • 510,421

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"An imaginative, intelligent and sprightly volume that, in the space of some two hundred pages, races through the history of the Western hemisphere-from prehistoric times to the present."-The Washington Post Book World "This wonderfully sharp and provocative book should become essential reading for anybody interested in the history of America."-The Times Literary Supplement (London)"""Fernandez-Armesto can personalize broad historical trends without sinking into triviality. . . . History written at its best." -Booklist "An imaginative, intelligent and sprightly volume that, in the space of some two hundred pages, races through the history of the Western hemisphere-from prehistoric times to the present."-The Washington Post Book World "This wonderfully sharp and provocative book should become essential reading for anybody interested in the history of America."-The Times Literary Supplement (London)" "Fernandez-Armesto can personalize broad historical trends without sinking into triviality. . . . History written at its best." -Booklistshow more

About Dr. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is a Professorial Fellow in History and Geography at Queen Mary College, London, and a member of the faculty of modern history at Oxford University. He is the author of ten books and the editor of several more, including the TIMES ATLAS OF WORLD EXPLORATION. He is a frequent journalist and has presented "Analysis" on BBC Radio 4.show more

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144 ratings
3.29 out of 5 stars
5 10% (14)
4 32% (46)
3 41% (59)
2 13% (19)
1 4% (6)
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