A History of the World in Twelve Maps

A History of the World in Twelve Maps

Book - 2013
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"A fascinating look at twelve maps-from Ancient Greece to Google Earth-and how they changed our world In this masterful study, historian and cartography expert Jerry Brotton explores a dozen of history's most influential maps, from stone tablet to vibrant computer screen. Starting with Ptolemy, "father of modern geography," and ending with satellite cartography, A History of the World in 12 Maps brings maps from classical Greece, Renaissance Europe, and the Islamic and Buddhist worlds to life and reveals their influence on how we-literally-look at our present world. As Brotton shows, the long road to our present geographical reality was rife with controversy, manipulation, and special interests trumping science. Through the centuries maps have been wielded to promote any number of imperial, religious, and economic agendas, and have represented the idiosyncratic and uneasy fusion of science and subjectivity. Brotton also conjures the worlds that produced these notable works of cartography and tells the stories of those who created, used, and misused them for their own ends"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670023394
Characteristics: xix, 521 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: History of the world in 12 maps


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Aug 19, 2017

A very well written book - even though its about 450 pages long, it certainly doesn't feel that way. Each chapter looks at a map from a cultural anthropological point of view but also gets into the gritty aspects of how it was made. Thorough notes, not enough images.

Jan 25, 2016

When it was interesting, it was fascinating. When not so interesting, I went to sleep.

May 29, 2014

So esoteric I almost didn't finish it, but I'm glad I did. Lots of details on map-making from Hellenistic times to Google Maps, and lots of history too.


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