Europe – The Age of Discovery


Day course

Mike Shaw

8 September 2020


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With the eastern Mediterranean effectively a Turkish lake, the Portuguese, denied access to these markets and beyond, began a series of voyages to discover a new route to the Indies around Africa, An accidental consequence of this process was the discovery of the New World and the advanced civilisations of |Central and South America ripe for plunder. More profoundly, the twin impellents of maritime commerce and scientific discovery brought about a radical questioning of the founding assumptions of Christendom.

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Mike Shaw was a regular soldier for over 30 years and has been a keen student of history all his life. A regular contributor to the Dillington programme, he has an interest in the history of the continent as a whole particularly where western and slavic cultures have impacted. A frequent independent traveller through the whole continent, he explores how trading networks flourished from the earliest times despite the countervailing demands of religion and tribal security. He offers rare insights into how historical perspectives have influenced more recent events. More importantly however, it is the way he tells the story.