Traveling around the world was initially one of the most dangerous enterprises a person could try. It was a “war of attrition against the vastness of the globe”. These early circumnavigators had little idea of where they were going, suffered from disease and fear and encountered hostile native peoples. Yet by the 1700s, travel around the world had become almost commonplace and certainly less dangerous. It was a dramatic evolution in how people thought about the world. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JOYCE E. CHAPLIN, the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. She has written the first history of circumnavigation that includes everything from Magellan to the contemporary spaceflight. ROUND ABOUT THE EARTH: CIRCUMNAVIGATION FROM MAGELLAN TO ORBIT is a wonderful, thought-provoking and thrilling history of the geo-drama that is traveling around the globe.
It may seem hard to believe but well over a hundred tears ago, fishermen from New England began to express concerns about the sustainability of the fish stocks as new ships and fishing technologies began to be introduced. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with W. JEFFREY BOLSTER, Associate Professor in the Department of History about his latest history THE MORTAL SEA: FISHING THE ATLANTIC IN THE AGE OF SAIL. Tune in and learn more about that exciting time of “iron men and wooden ships” and what it took to make a living from the sea in the nineteenth century.