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Throughout history, maps have been fundamental in shaping our view of the world, and our place in it.

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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.

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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. Added to basket.

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A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton: review

A History of the World in Twelve Maps. Jerry Brotton. Francis Herbert. Wakefield West Crewe Derrick Pratt. Derby and Burton Upon Trent. There is nothing more subversive than a map. In this masterful study, historian and cartography expert Jerry Brotton reveals how mapsand ;far from being objective documentsand ;are intimately tied to the views and agendas of particular times and places.

A History of the World in Twelve Maps | Washington Independent Review of Books

Beginning with Ptolemyand ;s Geography and ending with the satellite-powered behemoth of Google Earth, Brotton examines a dozen world maps from around the globe and through the centuries to trace the long road to our present geographical reality. This is the kind of book map lovers and history buffs adore.

Beautifully illustrated and brilliantly original, A History of the World in 12 Maps was a hit in the U. An extremely accessible narrative of the world's history A book of extraordinary ambition, scholarship and accessibility, The New Penguin History of the World covers the history of our planet from our origins on the African savannah to the state of the world six years after September 11, Tracing the development of different civilizations through the ages, J.

Roberts examines the periods of turbulence and change, the international shifts in order and power, and the conflicts, divisions, and advances that have shaped the way we live.

http://lastsurestart.co.uk/libraries/install/909-what-is.php A truly global and comprehensive chronicle of human experience-of ordinary people, as well as of those in power-across all continents and conditions, The New Penguin History of the World brilliantly conveys the staggering diversity of human life and achievement. He lives in London. COM Terms Cedar Hills. Mapmakers do not simply represent the world, they construct it out of the ideas of their age.

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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 considering it in all its nuances and omissions, we can better understand the world that produced it. Although the way we map our surroundings is more precise than ever before, Brotton argues that maps today are no more definitive or objective than they have ever been.

Readers of this beautifully illustrated and masterfully argued book will never look at a map in quite the same way again.

There is nothing more subversive than a map. Read An Excerpt. Paperback —.