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The Age of Discovery, 1400-1600 by David Arnold

The Age of Discovery, 1400-1600

Part of the Lancaster Pamphlets Series


The Age of Discovery, 1400-1600 by David Arnold

The Age of Discovery explores one of the most dramatic features of the late medieval and early modern period: when voyagers from Western Europe led by Spain and Portugal set out across the world and established links with Africa, Asia and the Americas. This book examines the main motivations behind the voyages and discusses the developments in navigation expertise and technology that made them possible. This second edition brings the scholarship up to date and includes two new chapters on the important topics of the idea of discovery and on biological and environmental factors which favoured or limited European expansion.


'A lucid and accessible work.'
IFelix Driver, Royal Holloway, University of London

; 'Well-focused and admirably to the point.

.P. Rubies, LSE; 'I have recommended it to students for years.
IMalyn Newitt, King

's College, University of London'

About the Author

David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. Previous jobs include freelance musician/producer, stay-at-home dad, and preschool teacher. He is a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community. And chips. He believes fiercely in chips. Mosquitoland is his first novel. You can learn more at and follow him on Twitter @roofbeam.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th April 2002


David Arnold

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


84 pages


Geographical discovery & exploration
General & world history
Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700



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