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Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years (review)

Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years (review) journal of world history, spring 1997 Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years. By Felipe Fernández-Armesto. New York: Scribner, 1995. Pp. 816. $34.50. Felipe Fernández-Armesto offers his readers a cocktail of curiosities in this learned, delightful, instructive, and irritating book, Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years. As he explains in the preface, he favors a "pointillist technique, picturing the past in significant details. . . . Western world domination, which books on world history usually try to describe or `explain,' is seen in what follows as neither foreordained, nor enduring; I argue that it was later, feebler, and briefer than is commonly supposed. Therefore more space is given to the rest of the world . . . according to a novel bias in favor of the unusual, which helps to even the score" (p. 13). "Picturing the past in significant details" means bits and pieces taken from the pages of innumerable adventurers and memoirists. The author is not especially concerned about the accuracy of what they had to say since, he asserts, "history is moulded more often by the falsehoods men believe than by the facts that can be verified" (p. 532 and repeated almost http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 8 (1)

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journal of world history, spring 1997 Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years. By Felipe Fernández-Armesto. New York: Scribner, 1995. Pp. 816. $34.50. Felipe Fernández-Armesto offers his readers a cocktail of curiosities in this learned, delightful, instructive, and irritating book, Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years. As he explains in the preface, he favors a "pointillist technique, picturing the past in significant details. . . . Western world domination, which books on world history usually try to describe or `explain,' is seen in what follows as neither foreordained, nor enduring; I argue that it was later, feebler, and briefer than is commonly supposed. Therefore more space is given to the rest of the world . . . according to a novel bias in favor of the unusual, which helps to even the score" (p. 13). "Picturing the past in significant details" means bits and pieces taken from the pages of innumerable adventurers and memoirists. The author is not especially concerned about the accuracy of what they had to say since, he asserts, "history is moulded more often by the falsehoods men believe than by the facts that can be verified" (p. 532 and repeated almost

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