A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton

By Jerry Brotton

A interesting examine twelve maps——from old Greece to Google Earth——and how they replaced our world

during this masterful research, historian and cartography specialist Jerry Brotton explores a dozen of history’s such a lot influential maps, from stone capsule to bright video display. beginning with Ptolemy, “"father of contemporary geography,” and finishing with satellite tv for pc cartography, A heritage of the realm in 12 Maps brings maps from classical Greece, Renaissance Europe, and the Islamic and Buddhist worlds to lifestyles and divulges their impression on how we——literally——look at our current world.

As Brotton indicates, the lengthy street to our current geographical fact used to be rife with controversy, manipulation, and specific pursuits trumping technology. throughout the centuries maps were wielded to advertise any variety of imperial, spiritual, and financial agendas, and feature represented the idiosyncratic and uneasy fusion of technological know-how and subjectivity. Brotton additionally conjures the worlds that produced those awesome works of cartography and tells the tales of these who created, used, and misused them for his or her personal ends.

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