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Using more than five hundred historical maps from collections around the world, this stunning book is the first to tell the story of America's past from a unique geographical perspective. Covering more than half a millennium in U.S. history — from conception to colonization to Hurricane Katrina — this atlas documents the discoveries and explorations, the intrigue and negotiations, the technology and the will that led the United States to become what it is today. Richly detailed, visually breathtaking maps are accompanied by extended captions that elucidate the stories and personalities behind their creation.

Coasts and mountains, rivers and lakes, and peaks and plains are described by explorers encountering them for the first time. These maps can convey explorers' ideas of what lay over the mountains ahead, their notions about what was discovered, and their explanations of the land's potential for sponsors back home. The maps can also show a promoter's attempt to sell his project to settlers or a general's assessment of a coming battle. They chart the wars that created and molded the country: the French and Indian War and the War for Independence; the Mexican and Civil Wars; the numerous Indian wars; as well as more localized battles of conquest and survival. Readers can follow the progression of map creation and design as more knowledge was gained about the American continent.

Distilling an enormous amount of information into one handsome volume, the Historical Atlas of the United States highlights the evolution of geographical knowledge at the same time that it presents a fascinating chronicle of the expansion and development of a nation.

Review:

"Hayes, the writer/compiler of the America Discovered and Historical Atlas of the Arctic, presents a fine mix of research, design and craftsmanship in this collection of maps 'from 1492 to 9/11.' This is history 'in comprehensive form from the unique geographic perspective allowed by the study of original maps,' and a perfect holiday gift treat for the map, travel or history buff. The volume is packed with maps and dense with text. Beginning with 'the First Peoples' maps, the book covers a wide swath of U.S. history, including the early settlement at Jamestown; an 'improved' Pennsylvania (improved by the arrival of European settlers, that is); a map of the 'shot hear round the world' in Colonial Concord; a slave's map to the Underground Railroad; a bird's eye view of Manhattan just after the Brooklyn Bridge went into service; and strategic maps from American military campaigns in Europe, Vietnam and Iraq. The text, though not as fascinating as the cartography, does a more than adequate job of explaining the role maps played in America's history. As a bonus for those who want to peer in depth (or who simply find the volume a tad overwhelming), each map is available online for a closer, cleaner peek. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Hayes has chosen maps that engage both viewers' intellect and their aesthetic sense....A quality publication." Library Journal

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"Magisterial in sweep." Seattle Times

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"From the discovery and settlement of North America to the ever-evolving maps recording America's westward push and onward to the early maps of the automobile age." William Grimes, New York Times

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"This fascinating collection of maps chronicles the history of America....Stories and extended captions accompany the maps, shedding light on the personalities, perceptions and dreams of the maps' creators and the evolution of our nation." Alaska Airlines Magazine

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"[F]or history buffs. The maps show everything from how explorers conceived of the continent circa 1500 to the spread of the interstate highway system in the 1950s." Business Week

Synopsis:

Using more than 500 historical maps from collections around the world, this stunning book is the first to tell the story of America's past from a unique geographical perspective, covering more than half a millennium in U.S. history — from conception to colonization to Hurricane Katrina.

Synopsis:

Cradled among the worlds highest mountains—and sheltering one of its most devout religious communities—Tibet is, for many of us, an ultimate destination, a place that touches the heavens, a place only barely in our world, at its very end. In recent decades Western fascination with Tibet has soared, from the rise of Tibetan studies in academia to the rock concerts aimed at supporting its independence to the simple fact that most of us know—far from any base camp—exactly what a sherpa is. And yet any sustained look into Tibet as a place, any attempt to find ones way around its high plateaus and through its deep history, will yield this surprising fact: we have barely mapped it. With this atlas, Karl E. Ryavec rights that wrong, sweeping aside the image of Tibet as Shangri-La and putting in its place a comprehensive vision of the region as it really is, a civilization in its own right. And the results are absolutely stunning.

The product of twelve years of research and eight more of mapmaking, A Historical Atlas of Tibet documents cultural and religious sites across the Tibetan Plateau and its bordering regions from the Paleolithic and Neolithic times all the way up to today. It ranges through the five main periods in Tibetan history, offering introductory maps of each followed by details of western, central, and eastern regions. It beautifully visualizes the history of Tibetan Buddhism, tracing its spread throughout Asia, with thousands of temples mapped, both within Tibet and across North China and Mongolia, all the way to Beijing. There are maps of major polities and their territorial administrations, as well as of the kingdoms of Guge and Purang in western Tibet, and of Derge and Nangchen in Kham. There are town plans of Lhasa and maps that focus on history and language, on population, natural resources, and contemporary politics.

Extraordinarily comprehensive and absolutely gorgeous, this overdue volume will be a cornerstone in cartography, Asian studies, Buddhist studies, and in the libraries or on the coffee tables of anyone who has ever felt the draw of the landscapes, people, and cultures of the highest place on Earth. 

About the Author

Derek Hayes is the author of Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, The Historical Atlas of the Arctic, and Historical Atlas of Canada, among other books.

Table of Contents

Preface

Notes on Gazetteer: Phonetic and Literary Romanization

A Note on Sources

Introduction

Map 1. Tibet and the Tibetan culture region

Map 2. Tibet and surrounding civilizations

Map 3. Major regions and natural features of Tibet

Map 4. Tibetan macroregions

Map 5. The structure of Tibetan history: Core regions, peripheries, and trade networks circa 1900

Graph of the growth of Buddhist temples and monasteries in core regions ca. 600–1950

Map 6. The historical Tibetan world: Travel time and main trade patterns circa 1900

Table 1. Long-distance trade items listed in the Yushu Diaocha Ji (Yushu investigation record), 1919

A brief overview of the use and production of money in Tibet

Map 7. The Tibetic languages

Table 2. The Tibetic languages

Map 8. How to use this atlas: Map coverage and cartographic conventions

Part 1: The prehistorical and ancient periods, circa 20,000 BCE to 600 CE

Map 9. Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures on the Tibetan Plateau, circa 30,000–2000 BCE

Map 10. The ancient Tibetan world, circa 2000 BCE to 600 CE

Forts and royal residences listed in Bonpo literary sources

Ancient principalities (rGyal phran) according to circa 9th-century Dunhuang documents

Part 2: The Imperial Period, circa 600–900

Map 11. Territorial administration system and important religious sites of the Imperial Period, circa 600–842

Territories of the administrative chiefs (mKhos dpon)

Garrisons (Khrom chen po)

The one thousand  household districts (sTong sde) of Upper Zhangzhung, Lower Zhangzhung, and Sumpa Horn

The Horn (Ru), Border Subduing (mTha dul), and Frontier (Yang dul) Temples

Map 12. Central Tibet circa 600–842: The imperial territorial administration system

The Eighteen Shares of Power (dBang ris bco brgyad)

The Four Horns of Tibet (Bod ru bzhi)

The one thousand  household districts (sTong sde) and administrative districts (Yul dpon tshan / Yul sde) of Central Horn, Right Horn, Left Horn, and Branch Horn

Map 13. Central Tibet circa 600–900: Religious and cultural sites of the Imperial Period

Lhasa town plan

The thirty-seven holy/assembly places of the Bonpo

Map 14. Central Tibet 650–764: Annual sites of the royal court and council

Annual sites of the Tibetan Royal Court (Pho brang) and council (Dun ma)

Chronology of the Tibetan emperors (bTsan po)

Part 3: The Period of Disunion, circa 900–1642

Map 15. Major polities and important religious sites during the aftermath of empire and the Second Diffusion of Buddhism, circa 842–1240

The Kagyu schools

Map 16. Central Tibet circa 900–1240: Aftermath of empire and religious sites founded during the Second Diffusion of Buddhism

Lhasa Valley plan

Lhasa town plan

The regional principalities (rJe dpon tshan)

Map 17. Ngari circa 900–1100: The kingdoms of Ngari Khorsum

Map 18. Religious and cultural sites founded in the core region of the Guge Kingdom, circa 10th–14th centuries

The twenty-one minor foundations of Rinchen Zanpo

Chronology of the kings of Guge, part 1

Map 19. Religious and cultural sites founded in Purang and the Kailash region, circa 10th–17th centuries

Map 20. Ngari circa 1100–1250: Guge divided and the rise of Yatse

Map 21. Amdo circa 900–1240: The Tsongkha Kingdom, and religious sites founded during the Second Diffusion of Buddhism

Map 22. Major polities and important religious sites of the Mongol Empire Period, circa 1240–1354

Mongol administrative system for Tibet

Map 23. Central Tibet circa 1240–1354: Symbolic Sakya rule and religious sites founded during the Mongol Empire Period

The ten thousand household districts (Khri skor / Wanhu)

Map 24. Ngari circa 1250–1365: Yatse-Gungtang rivalry during the Mongol Empire Period

Map 25. Amdo circa 1240–1368: The Mongol conquest and religious sites founded during the Mongol Empire Period

Map 26. Important Tibeto-Mongol Buddhist monasteries founded during the 12th–16th centuries

Map 27. Important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of Beijing founded during the Yuan and Ming Periods, circa 13th–16th centuries

Map 28. Major polities and important religious sites of the Pakmodrupa Period, circa 1354–1642

Chinese Ming Dynasty titles bestowed on important Tibetan religious hierarchs

Birthplaces of the First through Fifth Dalai Lamas

Birthplaces of the First through Fourth Panchen Lamas

Map 29. Central Tibet circa 1354–1642: Rival powers and religious sites founded during the Pakmodrupa Period

Lhasa Valley plan

Lhasa town plan

Fortresses (rDzong) established circa 1350–60 by the Pakmodrupa

Principal fiefs and estates of the Pakmodrupa, circa 1300s

Map 30. Ngari circa 1365–1630: The resurgence of Guge

Map 31. Religious and cultural sites in the core region of the Guge Kingdom, circa 15th–17th centuries

Tsaparang Fort plan

Toling Monastery plan

Chronology of the kings of Guge, part 2

Map 32. Amdo circa 1368–1644: Local monastic powers in relation to Chinas Ming Dynasty

Part 4: The Ganden Podrang Period (Kingdom of the Dalai Lamas)

Map 33. Major polities of the Ganden Podrang Period, circa 1642–1900

Map 34. Important religious and cultural sites of the Ganden Podrang Period, circa 1642–1951

Main annual Tibetan trade fairs

Birthplaces of the Sixth through Fourteenth Dalai Lamas

Birthplaces of the Fifth through Eleventh Panchen Lamas

Map 35. Central Tibet circa 1642–1951: Religious and cultural sites of the Ganden Podrang Period

Lhasa Valley plan

Lhasa town plan

Fortresses (rDzong) of the Ganden Podrang governments territorial administration system circa 1830

Fortresses and estates supervised by the Tashi Lhunpo Monastic Corporation (bLa brang) until 1923

Map 36. Frontiers and forts of the Ganden Podrang Period, circa 1900–1951

Fortresses (rDzong) and estates (gZhis ka) staffed by lay or ecclesiastic governors

Boundaries of the Simla Convention signed by Great Britain and Tibet in 1914

Map 37. Central Tibet circa 1912–1951: The territorial administration system of the Ganden Podrang government

Fortresses (rDzong) and estates (gZhis ka) staffed by lay or ecclesiastic governors

Map 38. Ngari circa 1630–1959: Incorporation into Tibets Ganden Podrang administrative system

Map 39. Amdo circa 1644–1911: Local monastic powers in relation to Chinas Qing Dynasty

Map 40. Kham circa 1642–1911: The Khampa polities in relation to Central Tibet and China

Main polities of Eastern Kham and Gyelrong

The thirty-nine Hor tribes

Map 41. The Derge Kingdom: Territorial administration system, circa 1630–1909

Forts and palaces of the Derge Kingdom

Map 42. The Nangchen Kingdom: Territorial administration system, circa 1725–1951

The one hundred household districts (Be hu / Baihu)

The twenty-five tribes of Yushu

Major annual trade fairs frequented by long-distance traders

Map 43. Important Tibeto-Mongol Buddhist monasteries founded during the Qing Period, 1644–1911

Map 44. Important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of Beijing during the Qing Period, 1644–1911

Map 45. Important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of the Greater Beijing area during the Qing Period, 1644–1911

Conclusion

Map 46. Natural resources of the Tibetan Plateau

Map 47. Main land cover patterns of the Tibetan Plateau, circa 2000

Map 48. The Tibetan population, circa 2000

Map 49. Tibet in the Peoples Republic of China, circa 2000: The territorial administration system

Acknowledgments

Historical Photograph Sources

Index

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All of his atlases are always a joyous read for history or atlas aficionados. No one beats his graphics. But they're not a medium for learning the basic subject. (Nor are most "histories" for that matter.) Of course it's "bitchin" to cover such a comprehensive subject (with comprehensive narrative plus pics plus maps), but some do; and I hope this terrific writer will focus on a U.S. topical or regional approach in the future.
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In his Historical Atlas of the United States, Derek Hayes has created a beautiful and unique portrait of American history. By utilizing nearly 500 maps from various periods American history from colonization to the modern world is presented. Haye's wide and careful selection of maps and insightful comments makes this a useful and beautiful reference work. Highly recommended!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520250369
Author:
Hayes, Derek
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Ryavec, Karl E.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Atlases - Historical
Subject:
Historical geography
Subject:
United States Historical geography.
Subject:
Travel-Atlases
Subject:
India
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
535 color illustrations, 52 b/w illustra
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hayes, the writer/compiler of the America Discovered and Historical Atlas of the Arctic, presents a fine mix of research, design and craftsmanship in this collection of maps 'from 1492 to 9/11.' This is history 'in comprehensive form from the unique geographic perspective allowed by the study of original maps,' and a perfect holiday gift treat for the map, travel or history buff. The volume is packed with maps and dense with text. Beginning with 'the First Peoples' maps, the book covers a wide swath of U.S. history, including the early settlement at Jamestown; an 'improved' Pennsylvania (improved by the arrival of European settlers, that is); a map of the 'shot hear round the world' in Colonial Concord; a slave's map to the Underground Railroad; a bird's eye view of Manhattan just after the Brooklyn Bridge went into service; and strategic maps from American military campaigns in Europe, Vietnam and Iraq. The text, though not as fascinating as the cartography, does a more than adequate job of explaining the role maps played in America's history. As a bonus for those who want to peer in depth (or who simply find the volume a tad overwhelming), each map is available online for a closer, cleaner peek. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Hayes has chosen maps that engage both viewers' intellect and their aesthetic sense....A quality publication."
"Review" by , "Magisterial in sweep."
"Review" by , "From the discovery and settlement of North America to the ever-evolving maps recording America's westward push and onward to the early maps of the automobile age."
"Review" by , "This fascinating collection of maps chronicles the history of America....Stories and extended captions accompany the maps, shedding light on the personalities, perceptions and dreams of the maps' creators and the evolution of our nation."
"Review" by , "[F]or history buffs. The maps show everything from how explorers conceived of the continent circa 1500 to the spread of the interstate highway system in the 1950s."
"Synopsis" by , Using more than 500 historical maps from collections around the world, this stunning book is the first to tell the story of America's past from a unique geographical perspective, covering more than half a millennium in U.S. history — from conception to colonization to Hurricane Katrina.
"Synopsis" by ,

Cradled among the worlds highest mountains—and sheltering one of its most devout religious communities—Tibet is, for many of us, an ultimate destination, a place that touches the heavens, a place only barely in our world, at its very end. In recent decades Western fascination with Tibet has soared, from the rise of Tibetan studies in academia to the rock concerts aimed at supporting its independence to the simple fact that most of us know—far from any base camp—exactly what a sherpa is. And yet any sustained look into Tibet as a place, any attempt to find ones way around its high plateaus and through its deep history, will yield this surprising fact: we have barely mapped it. With this atlas, Karl E. Ryavec rights that wrong, sweeping aside the image of Tibet as Shangri-La and putting in its place a comprehensive vision of the region as it really is, a civilization in its own right. And the results are absolutely stunning.

The product of twelve years of research and eight more of mapmaking, A Historical Atlas of Tibet documents cultural and religious sites across the Tibetan Plateau and its bordering regions from the Paleolithic and Neolithic times all the way up to today. It ranges through the five main periods in Tibetan history, offering introductory maps of each followed by details of western, central, and eastern regions. It beautifully visualizes the history of Tibetan Buddhism, tracing its spread throughout Asia, with thousands of temples mapped, both within Tibet and across North China and Mongolia, all the way to Beijing. There are maps of major polities and their territorial administrations, as well as of the kingdoms of Guge and Purang in western Tibet, and of Derge and Nangchen in Kham. There are town plans of Lhasa and maps that focus on history and language, on population, natural resources, and contemporary politics.

Extraordinarily comprehensive and absolutely gorgeous, this overdue volume will be a cornerstone in cartography, Asian studies, Buddhist studies, and in the libraries or on the coffee tables of anyone who has ever felt the draw of the landscapes, people, and cultures of the highest place on Earth. 

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