In The World from 1450 to 1700, historian John Wills takes a fresh
look at one of the most fascinating and tumultuous periods in world
history. Assuming a global perspective, rather than the traditional
Eurocentric view, Wills traces the interwoven changes that led from
the world of Columbus, Luther, and the Mughal emperor Babur to the
world of Locke, Louis XIV, and the Kangxi emperor. The book's
multi-centered approach explores historical events not in isolation
but rather in a dynamic nexus of connections ranging from the
Italian Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation to the Sikh,
Hindu, and Confucian revivals; from the transformation of Japan in
1600 to the forced migrations of millions of African slaves; from
the English Civil War and expanding Qing and Muscovite empires in
Asia to new forms of scientific knowledge and parliamentary
democracy in Europe. It is an interlocking world of change and
movement, innovation and conquest, and Wills marshals his
extraordinary narrative skill and breadth of learning to bring this
period vibrantly to life.
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