History Book Festival Presents Valerie Hansen | The Year 1000


In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Valerie Hansen, author of The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World — and Globalization Began, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival.

People tend to believe that the years immediately prior to AD 1000 were lacking in any major cultural developments or geopolitical encounters — that the Europeans hadn’t yet reached North America and the farthest feat of sea travel was the Viking invasion of Britain. But how do we explain the presence of blond-haired people in Maya temple murals at Chichén Itzá, Mexico? Did the Vikings find their way to the Americas during the height of the Maya empire? Drawing on nearly 30 years of research, historian Valerie Hansen argues that bold explorations and daring trade missions connected all of the world’s societies by the end of the first millennium.

Valerie Hansen is the Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale, where she teaches Chinese and world history. Her other books include The Silk Road: A New History and The Open Empire: A History of China to 1800. Hansen, who traveled to some 20 countries to research her book, promises to take attendees on a visual “tour around the world in the year 1000” during her presentation.

We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

NOTE: this meeting is being conducted through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting.

If you have need assistance with registration or getting your Zoom invitation, please email the History Book Festival.

Basic written instructions for using Zoom may be found here and a brief video tutorial may be found here. Closed captioning is available for this session. Information on enabling closed captioning in Zoom may be found here.

This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.


Event date: 
Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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