- 出版社: Henry Holt & Co (1992年6月1日)
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0805016740
- 条形码: 9780805016741
- 商品尺寸: 22.9 x 1.9 x 28.6 cm
- 商品重量: 839 g
- ASIN: 0805016740
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The World in 1492 (英语) 精装 – 1992年6月1日
Six children's authors--Jean Fritz, Katherine Paterson, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, Margaret Mahy, and Jamake Highwater--introduce young readers to the histories, customs, beliefs, and everyday lives of people who lived in the world in 1492.
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I was also disappointed because the authors' bias is so extreme that the book is historically inaccurate. I enjoy reading history books that are written from various points of view, because I think the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle. However, because this book is flat-out inaccurate, I can't give it to my children to read independently as I planned. If I use it at all, I will have to read it aloud and then editorialize as we proceed. For example, the introduction states that "Columbus was nearly alone in his stubborn belief that he had reached the Indies." Actually, we know from Columbus' own writings that he was well aware that he had not reached the Indies.
The chapter about the Americas, written by Jamake Highwater, was equally disappointing. It starts with, "In the year Europeans call 1492." Guess what? In modern America, we call it 1492 as well. The chapter goes on to relate some of the legends of the Aztec people; however, the legends are not separated from facts. For example, "The People of the Sun heard the voice of a bird that spoke to them from a tree," and "The Mexica...followed the voice of the bird." The statement that most bothers me is this: "A key element in all of these societies was a philosophy that gave some people far greater power than others and that put an emphasis upon social rank and privilege. This philosophy justified the efforts of missionaries who were sent into every territory to convert people to the Mexican way of life." It would be more accurate to say that *the Aztec people believed* this philosophy justified their actions. Whether or not they truly were justified is a matter of opinion, certainly not an historical fact. In a similar vein, the book states, "It took many human sacrifices to maintain such a position of greatness." Well, no. Actually, the people *thought* they needed to make human sacrifices to maintain their position. That doesn't make it true.
I agree with the basis of the book: There was more to the world in 1492 than Europe, and it is beneficial to study other cultures. I am disappointed with the execution of the idea, though.