Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians

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Praeger, 1991 - History - 117 pages
Arguing against the fable that when Columbus discovered America he proved that the Earth is round, to the astonishment of his contemporaries, this work discusses geographical knowledge in the Middle Ages, as well as why and how the error was first propagated in the 1820s and 1830s.

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Contents

The Medieval Ball
13
Flattening the Globe
27
The Wrong Way Round
51
Copyright

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JEFFREY BURTON RUSSELL is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a frequent contributor to history volumes, including the Handbook of World History and The Transformation of the Western World. Dr. Russell has also written fifteen previous books and contributed articles to scholarly journals, such as History Today and Christianity Today.

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