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The World Through Maps: A History of Cartography

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Publisher Comments:

An illustrated history of maps and mapmaking, including reproductions of 200 antique maps.

Synopsis:

The history of mapping from prehistoric times to the present.

This book explores how maps were developed and why they reveal as much about the people who created them as they reveal about the world. Throughout the ages, maps have reflected religious beliefs, disseminated propaganda, expressed cultural attitudes, and promoted new theories.

Through accessible text and color images, the book traces the fascinating history of cartography. The ancient Greeks were brilliant cartographers whose mapping skills were honed as a result of the global conquests of Alexander the Great. Their understanding of a spherical Earth and how to depict it on a flat sheet of paper was nearly lost during the Middle Ages.

The book explains why in the 15th century, the value of sea charts rivaled gold as a primary target for buccaneer captains. Later, maps became status symbols among wealthy merchants who built vast fortunes thanks to thriving trade routes made possible by reliable sea navigation.

The World Through Maps is abundantly illustrated with historically important maps to explain the development of cartography. Significant maps include: Aboriginal Dreamtime mapAncient Greek maps including Ptolemy's mapMedieval maps of EuropeOrtelius's Atlas, World TheatreEarly maps of the New WorldLewis and Clark's maps of explorationModern maps in the age of satellites

Contemporary maps are so accurate and plentiful that they are often taken for granted. The World Through Maps is a lively book that tells why this was not always so.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introducing maps — Earliest maps — Ancient world: Maps of the classical world — Medieval world: Maps of the Islamic world — China and the Far East — First age of exploration: Cartographic traditions of the New World — Mapping new worlds — Map of the European Renaissance — National maps — Atlas makers — Mapping in the Colonial era: Mapping of the British Empire — Enlightenment as a spur to mapping — Mapping a new nation — Cartographic encounters — Universal mapping — Mapping the modern world: Thematic maps — Maps and power — Cartography in contemporary society.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781552978115
Subtitle:
A History of Cartography
Publisher:
Firefly Books
Author:
Short, John Rennie
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
Maps
Subject:
History
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Cartography
Subject:
Cartography -- History.
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Maps & Road Atlases
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
4185.1
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
1100x850

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History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » Geography » Mapping and Cartography

The World Through Maps: A History of Cartography
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Product details 224 pages Firefly Books Ltd - English 9781552978115 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The history of mapping from prehistoric times to the present.

This book explores how maps were developed and why they reveal as much about the people who created them as they reveal about the world. Throughout the ages, maps have reflected religious beliefs, disseminated propaganda, expressed cultural attitudes, and promoted new theories.

Through accessible text and color images, the book traces the fascinating history of cartography. The ancient Greeks were brilliant cartographers whose mapping skills were honed as a result of the global conquests of Alexander the Great. Their understanding of a spherical Earth and how to depict it on a flat sheet of paper was nearly lost during the Middle Ages.

The book explains why in the 15th century, the value of sea charts rivaled gold as a primary target for buccaneer captains. Later, maps became status symbols among wealthy merchants who built vast fortunes thanks to thriving trade routes made possible by reliable sea navigation.

The World Through Maps is abundantly illustrated with historically important maps to explain the development of cartography. Significant maps include: Aboriginal Dreamtime mapAncient Greek maps including Ptolemy's mapMedieval maps of EuropeOrtelius's Atlas, World TheatreEarly maps of the New WorldLewis and Clark's maps of explorationModern maps in the age of satellites

Contemporary maps are so accurate and plentiful that they are often taken for granted. The World Through Maps is a lively book that tells why this was not always so.

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