The World in Time

Ian Mortimer

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Cantino planisphere, made by an anonymous cartographer in 1502, shows the world as it was understood by Europeans after their great explorations at the end of the fifteenth century.

Detail of the Cantino planisphere, made by an anonymous cartographer in 1502, which shows the world as it was understood by Europeans after their great explorations at the end of the fifteenth century. Biblioteca Universitaria Estense, Modena, Italy.

How do you measure change? It is often said that the twentieth century saw more change than any other period. But today’s interest in modern technology obscures the massive changes the world has undergone over the past millennium. Lewis Lapham talks with Ian Mortimer, author of Millennium: From Religion to Revolution: How Civilization Has Changed Over a Thousand Years, about the history of change and why it matters.

 

Read an excerpt from Ian Mortimer’s Millennium here.

 

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