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London: A History in Maps

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Publisher Comments:

The twentieth century was a golden age of mapmaking, an era of cartographic boom. Maps proliferated and permeated almost every aspect of daily life, not only chronicling geography and history but also charting and conveying myriad political and social agendas. Here Tim Bryars and Tom Harper select one hundred maps from the millions printed, drawn, or otherwise constructed during the twentieth century and recount through them a narrative of the centuryand#8217;s key events and developments.

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As Bryars and Harper reveal, maps make ideal narrators, and the maps in this book tell the story of the 1900sand#151;which saw two world wars, the Great Depression, the Swinging Sixties, the Cold War, feminism, leisure, and the Internet. Several of the maps have already gained recognition for their historical significanceand#151;for example, Harry Beckand#8217;s iconic London Underground mapand#151;but the majority of maps on these pages have rarely, if ever, been seen in print since they first appeared. There are maps that were printed on handkerchiefs and on the endpapers of books; maps that were used in advertising or propaganda; maps that were strictly official and those that were entirely commercial; maps that were printed by the thousand, and highly specialist maps issued in editions of just a few dozen; maps that were envisaged as permanent keepsakes of major events, and maps that were relevant for a matter of hours or days.

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As much a pleasure to view as it is to read, A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps celebrates the visual variety of twentieth century maps and the hilarious, shocking, or poignant narratives of the individuals and institutions caught up in their production and use.

Synopsis:

Over the past two thousand years London has developed from a small town, fitting snugly within its walls, into one of the worldandrsquo;s largest and most dynamic cities. This beautifully illustrated book charts that growth and the cityandrsquo;s transformation through hundreds of maps culled from the collection of the British Libraryandrsquo;s Map Library.and#160;
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These visual records range from sweeping images of the entire city to nuanced studies of its elements and neighborhoods. Including official documents, individual endeavors, hand-drawn renditions, and technologically advanced replicas, these maps represent a variety of perspectives. Utilitarian maps show the city as it is and serve to elucidate its inner workings, while carefully wrought plans show the city as it was envisionedandmdash;whether those plans were executed or not.
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The maps and panoramas collected here are more than topographical records. They all convey unique insight into the concerns, assumptions, ambitions, and prejudices of Londoners at the time the maps were created. In addition to offering readers a tour of London past and present, this book reveals the inside story of the creation, growth, and change of one of the worldandrsquo;s greatest cities.

About the Author

Peter Barber is head of map collections at the British Library. He is the author of many bestselling and critically acclaimed books on the history of maps and mapmaking, including Tales from the Map Room, Lie of the Land, and The Map Book.

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Table of Contents

Editorial

London: A History in Maps

Section One: The Walled City 50andndash;1066

1.1 Within the Walls

1.2 A Renaissance Vision

1.3 London from Bankside

1.4 The First Maps

1.5 The London Reality

Section Two: London Reborn

2.1 Building the City

2.2 The City and Westminster

2.3 Profiting from Development

2.4 The Coming of the West End

2.5 London Life

Section Three: 'Sweet, Salutarie Air': London's Countryside

3.1 London's Villages

3.2 From Noble Mansion to Gentleman's Villa

3.3 'Sweet, Salutarie Air'

Section Four: Out of Sight: The East End and Docklands

4.1 London's Workshop

4.2 The Coming of the Docks

Section Five: The Age of Improvement

5.1 The Demands of Commerce

5.2 Regency Grandeur

Section Six: The Mean Streets of Victorian London

6.1 Unbridled Growth

6.2 Hard Times

6.3 The Coming of the Railways

6.4 Sewage and London-wide Government

6.5 Open Spaces, Health and Social Harmony

6.6 New Roads for Old

6.7 Stanfords for Maps

Section Seven: Metroland

7.1 Different Londons

7.2 Be a Sport . . .

7.3 Imperial Grandeur

7.4 Getting Around

7.5 A to Z

7.6 Destruction from the Air

Section Eight: Maps in Modern London

8.1 Convulsions

8.2 London Resurgent

8.3 London Present and Future

Select Reading List on Historic Maps of London

Index of People

General Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780712358798
Author:
Barber, Peter
Publisher:
British Library
Author:
Harper, Tom
Author:
Bryars, Tim
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Travel-Atlases
Subject:
Cartography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
400 color plates
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.5 x 12 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Over the past two thousand years London has developed from a small town, fitting snugly within its walls, into one of the worldandrsquo;s largest and most dynamic cities. This beautifully illustrated book charts that growth and the cityandrsquo;s transformation through hundreds of maps culled from the collection of the British Libraryandrsquo;s Map Library.and#160;
and#160;
These visual records range from sweeping images of the entire city to nuanced studies of its elements and neighborhoods. Including official documents, individual endeavors, hand-drawn renditions, and technologically advanced replicas, these maps represent a variety of perspectives. Utilitarian maps show the city as it is and serve to elucidate its inner workings, while carefully wrought plans show the city as it was envisionedandmdash;whether those plans were executed or not.
and#160;
The maps and panoramas collected here are more than topographical records. They all convey unique insight into the concerns, assumptions, ambitions, and prejudices of Londoners at the time the maps were created. In addition to offering readers a tour of London past and present, this book reveals the inside story of the creation, growth, and change of one of the worldandrsquo;s greatest cities.
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