1616 by Thomas Christensen
The World in Motion

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The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international megacorporations were emerging as economic powers. In Europe, the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes marked the end of an era in literature, as the spirit of the Renaissance was giving way to new attitudes that would lead to the Age of Revolution. Great changes were also taking place in East Asia, where the last native Chinese dynasty was entering its final years and Japan was beginning its long period of warrior rule. Artists there, as in many parts of the world, were rethinking their connections to ancient traditions and experimenting with new directions. Women everywhere were redefining their roles in family and society. Slave trading was relocating large numbers of people, while others were migrating in search of new opportunities. The first tourists, traveling not for trade or exploration but for personal fulfillment, were exploring this new globalized world.
 

About Thomas Christensen

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Thomas Christensen’s previous books includeNew World/New Words: Recent Writing from the Americas, A Bilingual Anthology,The U.S.–Mexican War,andThe Discovery of America and Other Mythsas well as translations of books by such authors as Laura Esquivel, Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar, Alejo Carpentier and Louis-Ferdinand Céline. He is director of publications at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and lives with his wife in Richmond, California.
 
Published March 1, 2012 by Counterpoint. 384 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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The challenge of writing a book of such broad scope is that the organization must be meticulous, and Christensen doesn’t fully succeed.

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At the outset, Christensen confesses his lack of academic standing to write history, given his background as a translator (Like Water for Chocolate, with Carol Christensen) and editor and director of publications at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

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Christian Science Monitor

In 1616, on the same April day, humankind loses two of its best storytellers when William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes pass away.

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Macleans

His later years are unknown, Christensen notes, but every so often Eastern manuscripts surface, like the Persian book in the British Library bearing the note, “translated into Latin by George Strachan, Scot of the Mearns, 1634.”

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Bookmarks Magazine

The first tourists, traveling not for trade or exploration but for personal fulfillment, were exploring this new globalized world.

Thomas Christensen illuminates this extravagant age by focusing on a single riotous year.

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JH Weekly

1616 was not one of those years like 1066 or 1492 or even 1968 where the world seemed transformed by new possibilities.

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