Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Columbian Exchange: A Reading of 1493
This month's reading group selection is 1493 by Charles Mann, which takes the reader on a very personal journey of the afermath of Columbus' "discovery" of America. Mann covers much of the road himself, similar to Jared Diamond in Guns, Germs, and Steel, illustrating how profoundly the discovery of America reshaped the global map. Not just in terms of geography, but it terms of "ecological imperialism" and the advent of "globalization" with the discovery of silver and its use as currency in exchange for Chinese silk. Feel free to discuss the issues raised in this book.