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Charles Mann's work 1491 is an archaeological exploration of pre-Columbian American societies. He examines the historical dynamics between Native American tribes and tries to extrapolate as much...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019, 2:35 pm (UTC)

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Charles Mann’s 1491 is a fascinating book. Chapter 3 is called “In the Land of the Four Quarters,” a reference to the name the Inka gave their empire—in their language, Tawantinsuyu. In 1491, the...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019, 6:53 pm (UTC)

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While bias is inherent in all works by humans—even raw data can be manipulated to favor a conclusion—1491 appears to be pushing a very specific hypothesis and agenda. Rather than a presentation of...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2017, 1:22 am (UTC)

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America's founding mythology of settling a "pristine" wilderness provided a convenient justification for the occupation of the North American continent. The colonists saw the American "wilderness"...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2017, 12:44 pm (UTC)

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Specific themes animate Mann's scholarship in 1491. One such theme is the failure of historical scholarship. Mann challenges the fundamental belief that the indigenous people were "among the most...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2014, 1:50 am (UTC)

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Mann argues that the idea that the European settlers encountered an unspoiled wilderness in the New World roamed by a few "primitive" Indians was a myth that Europeans repeated in order to sanction...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2017, 10:34 am (UTC)

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Charles Mann's 1491 uses a wealth of anthropological and archaeological work done in North and South America to prove that the indigenous people of the area had a history long before the first...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2016, 3:25 am (UTC)

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The first main idea Mann presents is that the first English settlement in New England, Plymouth, grew out of a much more complex set of circumstances than most present-day Americans are taught in...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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This is a very broad question, and I don’t have enough space to answer in detail. I can lay out a few of the topics and themes that Mann discusses in 1491. One recurring theme is what Mann calls...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020, 8:37 pm (UTC)

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In this book, Charles Mann is arguing that the societies of the Americas in pre-European contact times were much larger and more sophisticated than we tend to think. He is arguing that the coming...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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Knowing—or estimating—the numbers of native people who lived in the Americas before 1492, the date usually designated as that of first contact with the Europeans, is important because it helps us...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2020, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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One major trend in the book is a look at how American history prior to Columbus should be re-evaluated. Mann's look at American history uses anthropology as well as the culture of current...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019, 7:26 pm (UTC)

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Charles Mann's 1491 is a long and very detailed work, spanning the history of pre-colonial North, Central, and South America back to the earliest discovered civilizations. He covers a lot of...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020, 9:05 pm (UTC)

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