Book cover of The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World―and Globalization Began by Valeria Hansenby Valerie Hansen

From celebrated Yale professor Valerie Hansen, a groundbreaking work of history showing that bold explorations and daring trade missions connected all of the world’s great societies for the first time at the end of the first millennium.

People often believe that the years immediately prior to AD 1000 were, with just a few exceptions, lacking in any major cultural developments or geopolitical encounters, that the Europeans hadn’t yet reached North America, and that the farthest feat of sea travel was the Vikings’ invasion of Britain. But how, then, to explain the presence of blonde-haired people in Maya temple murals at Chichén Itzá, Mexico? Could it be possible that the Vikings had found their way to the Americas during the height of the Maya empire?

Interview with the Author

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Valerie Hansen talks about her latest book The Year 1000
4/20/20           55 min

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The Globalization of Year 1000: Interview with Professor Valerie Hansen
6/11/20           39 min

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Valerie Hansen: Is This the Beginning of the End of Globalization?
5/15/20          26 min

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Valerie Hansen, “The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World — and Globalization Began” (Scribner, 2020)
4/24/20           47 min

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Medieval globetrotters
5/4/20          34 min

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The Year 1000
6/17/20           39 min

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