1616: The World in Motion

1616: The World in Motion

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 attitude The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first ...

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Title:1616: The World in Motion
Author:Thomas Christensen
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Genres:History
ISBN:1582437742
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

1616: The World in Motion Reviews

  • Tony
    Mar 29, 2012
    A lot of stuff happened in the year 1616. Lots of stuff. The Turks invaded Persia. England sent its first official ambassador to the Mughal court of Jahangir. Pocohantas came to England. The first African slaves were brought to the Bahamas. Pope Paul met with Galileo and welcomed a ...
  • Jim Coughenour
    Mar 15, 2012
    One morning in September 2009 I woke up in my bedroom in the San Francisco Bay Area with the date 1616 in my head and the resolution to research and write about that year already formed. So begins Thomas Christensen's sumptuous guide to the year 1616. Christensen is an editor and di...
  • Mason
    Feb 18, 2012
    Image and information rich, this is a pleasurable examination of world culture when it first began to be global. Not just China's world or not just Rome's world, this is the time when blackpowder and capital drove the creation of empires. ...
  • Valerie
    Oct 05, 2014
    Amazing!! So many bits and pieces of history from around the world placed in context. However, be warned this is an awkward book to read. The thick glossy paper in the paperback edition, is awesome for pictures, but catches glare just wrong when you are trying to read. And the size is ...
  • Lisa
    Apr 18, 2012
    A bold concept, but the execution is somewhat lacking. In trying to follow the history of the world in a single year, the author is forced to backtrack and skip to the future to explain what's happening and why, or repercussions from events. He attempts to organize things thematically,...
  • Cindy
    Jun 11, 2012
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  • Chris
    Apr 12, 2012
    Good stuff, though lags toward the end. ...
  • Anastasia
    Aug 19, 2012
    I am a nerd, so I found this interesting. It's not particularly heavy reading, and instead provides a fun little journey back and forth across much of the world. What I enjoyed most was the relative focus on India and Persia, which are both civilizations I don't know a whole lot about....
  • Ursula
    Feb 26, 2012
    I loved, loved, loved this book, from beginning to end. As a matter of fact I was getting kind of sad when I was almost done with it; no more riveting reading about people long ago who had the most unusual adventures. Their stories were told in such a delightful and funny manner that I...
  • Sheila
    Mar 26, 2013
    A wonderful book arose from a quixotic decision. The author notes the apparent randomness of focussing on the year 1616, which is not one that resonates in our brains like 1492, 1976, etc. But Christensen shows how this period was the turning point from localism to globalism. The book ...
  • Mark Levine
    Mar 25, 2012
    Exquisite book.A-one photo reproduction.Easy reading, very informative,atypical history that fills gaps of standard histories.Not sure that I accept his premise that there were more travelers during this era than others.Weren't there always adventurers and soldiers.The Greeks and Roman...
  • Leigh MacCallum
    Apr 03, 2012
    In the spirit of openness and disclosure, I knew Tom Christensen in high school. He was one of my closest friends, the two of us even appearing together in a theater production. And, speaking of high school, I hated my history classes. They were, for the most part, uninspiring, disenga...
  • Kelly
    Apr 23, 2012
    Very interesting. ...
  • Juliana
    Jan 31, 2014
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  • Donna
    Jun 23, 2016
    Fascinating look into what was happening ALL over the world in 1616, politically, culturally, science, women, travel. It's a big read but well worth the time. And not dry! ...
  • Pam
    Jul 14, 2012
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  • Margaret Sankey
    Jun 15, 2012
    This is a lavishly illustrated snapshot of the world in 1616 and its increasing connections--from the secluded Wanli Emperor in the Ming court, the Mughals and the Dutch East India Company, Shakespeare and James I, the little Ice Age and the frozen Thames, Shah Abbas, Jesuits showing A...
  • L.   (You like my book? Gee, thanks. Just bought it.)
    Dec 09, 2018
    Despite all the typos I kept finding in my edition, I'm going to still give this one three stars. Author Thomas Christensen covers the spectrum as well as the globe. With subjects ranging from art, philosophy, natural disasters, trade, religion, women's rights (psst, there weren't any)...
  • Counterpoint Press
    Mar 13, 2012
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  • Aviv
    Apr 27, 2012
    First of all, my sincere apologies to all who really liked this book. I had received this book from Goodreads (Thanks!!!) and was so excited to have it based on the idea of writing a book about one year in world history, but had a hard time reading it. The book is artistically (paper q...
  • Renee
    Apr 26, 2012
    I am not even sure where to begin! This is one of my new favorite books. Christensen takes a look at what is going on in the year 1616 (as well as before and after that year) within the context of the greater world. Follow him across the globe and around the world to look at all the am...
  • Kate
    Aug 18, 2013
    It was A Bad Plan to read this in ebook form -- I gather from the other reviews that it's almost a coffee table book. With the plentiful pictures scaled down to iphone-screen-size, the writing (which managed to be both superficial and fussily detailed) couldn't possibly rate higher tha...
  • Sabrina Barnett
    May 13, 2013
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  • Wendy Radford
    Dec 02, 2016
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  • Clayton
    Dec 08, 2016
    Here are the stories of empires, kingdoms, colonies, tribes, and people: here is an Ottoman pirate-king born in Manchester, an Ethiopian slave who ruled as an Indian raja, and a Basque maid who dressed like a man and became a dashing conquistador; here are Italians complaining about Mu...
  • John Eliade
    Jan 07, 2014
    This is an awesome book I'm putting on my Bhutan shelf because 1616 is actually the year that the country of Bhutan began! It's an unfortunate omission from the text that can be fixed with a little more reading (I personally recommend Karma Phuntsho's "The History of Bhutan"). The stor...
  • Kara
    Aug 30, 2016
    Enjoyable, informative and (relatively) quick read. ...
  • Tom Morgan
    Dec 23, 2016
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  • Ben
    Jan 23, 2016
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  • Hakan Kjellerstrand
    Apr 05, 2017
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