A History of the World in Twelve Maps

A History of the World in Twelve Maps

History , World History
Paperback Published on: 02/05/2013
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Throughout history, maps have been fundamental in shaping our view of the world, and our place in it.

But far from being purely scientific objects, maps of the world are unavoidably ideological and subjective, intimately bound up with the systems of power and authority of particular times and places. Mapmakers do not simply represent the world, they construct it out of the ideas of their age.

In this scintillating book, Jerry Brotton examines the significance of 12 maps - from the almost mystical representations of ancient history to the satellite-derived imagery of today. He vividly recreates the environments and circumstances in which each of the maps was made, showing how each conveys a highly individual view of the world.

Brotton shows how each of his maps both influenced and reflected contemporary events and how, by reading it, we can better understand the worlds that produced it.

Although the way we map our surroundings is changing, Brotton argues that maps today are no more definitive or objective than they have ever been, but that they continue to define, shape and recreate the world. Readers of this book will never look at a map in quite the same way again.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141034935
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Weight: 443g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

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A History of the World in Twelve Maps
Fascinating, but dry
In lots of ways this is a fascinating book, picking up on the trend to look at a historical subject in the context of a single item or area. It was first s... READ MORE
Half Man Half Book
A History of the World in Twelve Maps
Insightful, stimulating and compelling
I loved this book. It uses 12 maps over history to show how maps reflect not just history or place geography, but the themes in map making. These themes ... READ MORE
Canuck Abroad
A History of the World in Twelve Maps
A great opener to looking at maps as historical artefacts
At times the book can be weighty and challenging to read. However, in the whole, Britton offered a far more insightful exploration into cultural diversity ... READ MORE
Joshua Marchant