Eight years into the new millennium has diminished the novelty of that turn of the calendar. I canâ€™t remember when was the last article or workshop Iâ€™ve seen with a reference to how to anticipate and address some concern â€œin the next millenniumâ€ or â€œin the new millennium.â€ And I, for one, am glad of it.
Reading history gives perspective and I try to read as much of it as I can. I finally got down the â€œto-readâ€ books pile deep enough to pull out a book nine years in the waiting. And Robert Laceyâ€™s The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium (New York: Little, Brown and Co., 1999) was worth the wait.