A Summary Of Charles Mann's Criticism In 1491

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Critical Analysis:
Charles C. Mann wrote 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus after finding inaccuracies in his high school textbook. The inaccuracies within prompted him to reexamine contemporary historical beliefs. Mann’s 1491 is a social demonstration, utilizing modern theories to explain pre-Columbian societies. Furthermore, 1491 is a journalistic representation of Mesoamerica and the Aztecs, Inka, Maya, and other Inuit communities of the Americas. Mann’s re-evaluation on the teaching of history is embodied through an overenthusiastic and exaggeration of the complete story. Through this, the reader can gather, from the three-parts, that there is a specific weight on the cultural side of this general history. Much of Mann’s
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There is no refuting Mann’s work, for it links pre-Columbian studies with contemporary thinking, but overall depiction, it seems that Mann is spoon-feeding his beliefs that all societies were sophistically unique. Though, Mann does focus on the indigenous people, he spends a great deal of time trying to rewrite history rather than engaging in an in-depth analysis of how the New World Natives were predisposed to collapse. The indigenous of the New World were prone to Old World disease thus a large factor in collapse of the pre-Columbian people. This factor is critical to the study of American exploration in the Age of Conquest; however, Mann simply alludes to this as minor significance – though this may be a flaw of his journalistic …show more content…
Mann: to change the way we perceive pre-Columbian history – mainly cultural. For example, Mann notes, “Mesoamerican societies apparently invented their own writing, astronomy, and mathematics, including the number zero.” Mann notes that the pre-Columbian Natives were advanced, more advanced than their neighbors in Europe for they did not steal ideas from nearby cities. The populated Amazonia civilizations varied in their advancements and technologies. From slash-and-char agricultural techniques to utilization of the rainforest as a means of combat, the Indigenous people successfully “tamed” and harvested the land. The indigenous perfected Old World methods such as the slash-and-burn technique. The new methods allowed for a greater production of agriculture allowed for a plentiful harvest Mann argues that the indigenous were a significant piece in pre-Columbian America. Furthermore, Mann’s goal in 1491 is to illuminate revelations in the scholarship of the Americas. His concern with the notable collapse of the Mayan civilization from political strife to the urbanization of Sumer allows for a comparative evaluation of world civilizations. Mann, though not a historian by trade, has a tendency to value the role of transitions. For transitions, as Mann explains, offer a historians a tool in conducting research over a lapsing

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