By Valerie Hansen

The Year 1000

When Explorers Connected the World — and Globalization Began

Valerie Hansen, an award-winning historian, argues that the year 1000 was the world’s first point of major cultural exchange and exploration. Drawing on nearly thirty years of research, she presents a compelling account of first encounters between disparate societies, which sparked conflict and collaboration eerily reminiscent of our contemporary moment.


“Valerie Hansen’s The Year 1000 is a whole new way of looking at the world. If you have the idea that medieval history was a time when there were few connections between those who inhabited different places on the map, this book will reorient you in the most stimulating way possible. Hansen brilliantly shows that in that long-ago newly globalized world the flow of crops, religion, slaves—and more—influenced societies as far apart as Africa and central America.”

— Rana Mitter, author of the internationally bestselling Forgotten Ally

Acclaimed Author

Valerie Hansen

Valerie Hansen teaches Chinese and world history at Yale University, where she is professor of history. In the course of writing The Year 1000, she traveled to some twenty different countries and was a visiting scholar at Xiamen University in China, University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and the Collège de France in Paris.

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