In accessible language supported by prolific illustrations and primary sources, Wiesner-Hanks covers the age of exploration from Europe into Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Quotes from leaders, philosophers, merchants, and voyagers draw readers into the time period. Told through the words and experiences of the people who lived it- kings, queens, and commoners, priests and lay people, explorers, scientists, artists, and world travelers- this is a world history for a new generation.
Merry Wiesner-Hanks is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches World History. Her publications include The Renaissance and Reformation: A History in Documents, The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and their Worlds, and Religious Transformations in the Early Modern World: A Brief Study with Documents.