Oct 08, David rated it it was amazing. But, many have been found in the Americas from before Columbus. This book goes a long way to understanding that. Yet Crosby is pointing us to look in the right direction in foregrounding the vulnerability of biological encounters, and how those encounters facilitated the transformation of power and the control over the continent. A great deal of the economic, social, political history of the world is involved in the exchange of living organisms between the two worlds. Smallpox was a standard infection in Europe and most of the Old World in
Today, The Columbian Exchange is considered a founding text in the field of environmental history. I have never read a book with so much “if, must have, probably, one must question, guesswork” phraseology. The historical data and events do not give us the opportunity to talk in this way. Jul 22, Marla McMackin added it Shelves: Many of the most spectacular and the most influential examples of this are in the category of the exchange of organisms between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Yet as an intervention that would put ecology as the center of the history of conquest, it is nevertheless a groundbreaking book. Feb 10, Andy rated it it was ok.
Practically none of the jungle food crops are native to Africa. In fact, the issue of microbiological exchange is to the point to talk about how did the Europeans devastate the Amerindians population.
Greenwood Publishing Company, excchange Either way its a worthy read and its influence within the anthropological and historical academies is undeniablely far reaching. Maize was the most important grain of the American Indians inand it is one of the most important grain sources in the world right now.
The consequence of this Columbian exchange became the millions of innocent deaths.
I found it very much unneeded information, and something that would have been better placed in a book about diseases, and not in this book itself. Multiply also the fruits of the earth, the papas [potatoes], and other food that thou hast made that men may not suffer from hunger and misery.
Alfred W. Crosby on the Columbian Exchange | History | Smithsonian
But possibly it will never be repeated in as spectacular a fashion as in the Americas in the first post-Columbian century, not unless there is, one day, an exchange of life forms between planets. It is difficult to over esteem contribution of this book, due to incredible level of relevance, credibility and informational content. Syphilis always existed but manifested in different cultural forms. John Robert McNeill Foreword by. Craziness notwithstanding Crosby is a skilled writer and his writing is punctuated with the occasional dry joke that I find highly amusing.
The potato however was not indigenous to Ireland but was one of the plants brought from the New World that thrived in a farming area most other crops could not.
The guy has a way of saying things that is amusing. The only problem that some may have with the book is that at times it can be repetitive in its presentation, frosby is however necessary as any author who attempts to discuss a thesis of such magnitude would require an emphasis on certain exchangs. Cassava was also from america to Africa, even though African claimed it’s original from Africa. On the whole, however, it was thought provoking and interesting, two things I look for in non-fiction.
The best example being disease, Crosby does discuss at length the epidemics and effects of those epidemics on the Indian population; more interesting however is his discussion on syphilis.
Cooper of Ohio State University failed to discover a single historical or scientific error columbizn any consequence. At first, people witnessed serious scientific approach, which was not devoted to economic or political consequences of European conquering the New World. Whether this is because the archives acknowledging these exchanges are so scarce, or because his own sensibilities are so squeamish, is hard to tell.
Previously, it was stressed that the main thesis of Alfred W. As for the agricultural contribution of European world, the rice, wheat, barley, oats, rye, turnips, onions, cabbage, lettuce, peaches, pears, sugar.
But American Indians were inferior to the Old World raisers of animals. McNeill that demonstrates how Crosby established a brand new perspective for understanding ecological and social events. In Conclusion this book is highly recommended to any historian or student of history.
The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492
However, I did have a few problems with it. That 10 minute video pretty much covers the book. A great deal of the economic, social, political history of the world is involved in the exchange of living organisms between the two worlds.
However, there is one critical view about read plot. Dec 19, Mathew Powers rated it it was amazing Shelves: From his discovery and it was a discovery for him, for Spain, for the Old World there emerged new flora and fauna unknown to the Bible centric world view of the Old World.
The Columbian exchange by Alfred W. The most single impressive biological development exhcange this millennium is the post-Columbian columian growth 2. I enjoyed this section as much as I did the section on the biological explosion of the animals.