New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery (Paperback)
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New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 15/03/1995
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Describing 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 Anthony Grafton recounts is a war of ideas fought by mariners, scientists, publishers, and rulers over a period of 150 years. In colorful vignettes, published debates, and copious illustrations, we see 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.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674618763
Weight: 599 g
Dimensions: 235 x 203 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Grafton’s book is about the identity of the Americas—an identity hewn out of intellectual conflict, just as much as military or political conflict. - David McKitterick, New York Times Book Review

In his eloquent disquisition…Grafton demonstrates his mastery of the world of the Renaissance text and his skills as a historian of scholarship, scholarly processes, and intellectual debates. - Larry Ceplair, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Beautifully presented and delightful to read. Grafton’s prose has a rare combination of qualities, smooth-flowing and hard-hitting… The concentrated power, the broad erudition, the impeccable aim which characterize Grafton’s vignettes are enviable. - Felipe Fernández-Armesto, London Review of Books

Grafton is massively erudite and scrupulous as a scholar; at the same time he has command of a relaxed narrative style: his book about the reconfiguration of knowledge in Renaissance Europe is aimed at the general reader and no doubt finds its mark. - Mary Baine Campbell, Arion

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