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Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic (The Early Modern Americas)

Narrated by: John A. Boulanger
Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
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In Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic, historian Peter C. Mancall reveals how Europeans and Native Americans thought about a natural world undergoing rapid change in the century following the historic voyages of Christopher Columbus. Through innovative use of oral history and folklore maintained for centuries by Native Americans as well as original use of spectacular manuscript atlases, paintings that depict on-the-spot European representations of nature, and texts that circulated imperfectly across the ocean, he reveals how the encounter between the old world and the new changed the fate of millions of individuals.

Throughout the 16th century, the borders between the natural world and the supernatural were more porous than modern people might realize. Native Americans and Europeans alike thought about monsters, spirits, and insects in considerable depth. In Mancall's vivid narrative, the modern world emerged as a result of the myriad encounters between peoples who inhabited the Atlantic basin in this period. The centuries that followed can be comprehended only by exploring how culture in its many forms - stories, paintings, books - shaped human understanding of the natural world.

The book is published by University of Pennsylvania Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©2018 University of Pennsylvania Press (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Brilliantly written with flashes of wit and humor." (Donald Worster, author of Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance)

"Shows in exquisite detail how the integration of the Atlantic world unsettled sensibilities toward nature." (J. R. McNeill, author of Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1640-1914)

"A tour de force of creative synthesis, engagingly drawing us into an era marked by a complex meeting of beliefs and ideas." (Joanne Pillsbury, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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