A history of the world in twelve maps pdf
A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry BrottonA 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.
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London: Allen Lane, Available from www. It takes the ideas of cartographic selection and generalization seriously and applies them to a historiography of maps that is both innovative and exciting to read. Through the first few chapters up to and including chapter 7 on Mercator , cartographers are shown to struggle to overcome the legacy of Ptolemy and his world-defining projections. By later chapters, it is clear to the reader that maps reflect the cultures and world views of their makers and that those cultures are constantly changing across time and space. As cultures and the technologies those cultures produce evolve, so do their maps. At the same time, the most technically sophisticated maps are demonstrated to be those most suited to state and colonial, commercial, and empire-building projects, up to and including Google Earth and Google Maps.
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