Synopses & Reviews
This thought-provoking history of cartography focuses on 100 key maps that changed human understanding of the world around us, changed the course of map-making itself, or directly influenced the path of history.
It reveals how different peoples have observed and represented their world through the ages, and explores the human fascination with maps.
It addresses how maps have been used for navigation, exploration, wartime propaganda and planning, and to project national goals.
A team of academic experts in the history of cartography provides a scholarly and revealing text that addresses the key questions of how, why—and, crucially, if—these maps have changed the world.
One hundred of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating maps provide the illustrations. The result is a definitive, fact-packed, fresh and lively study that readers, no matter how much or how little they may know about the subject already, will find informative, insightful, and absorbing.
About the Author
Jeremy Harwood will be bringing together a team of academic experts headed by Dr. Bendall. Jeremy studied history at Christ Church, Oxford. He has conceived, edited, and authored books including the Dictionary of Battles (Henry Holt), The Secret History of Freemasonry (Lorenz), and Command (Crown), as well as being head of History and General Reference Publishing for Reader’s Digest in the United Kingdom.
THE CONSULTANT EDITOR
Dr. Sarah Bendall is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She read Geography at Jesus College, Oxford, and then became a Librarian, studying for an MA in Librarianship at Sheffield University. She was editor of The Dictionary of Land Surveyors and Mapmakers of Britain and Ireland (British Library, 1997), contributed to Rural Images: Estate Maps in the Old and New Worlds (University of Chicago Press, 1996), and wrote Maps, Land and Society: A History (Cambridge University Press, 1992).
Dr. Catherine Delano-Smith (Ancient and Classical maps) is editor of Imago Mundi, the International Journal for the History of Cartography, and co-author of English Maps: A History. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
Professor PDA Harvey (Medieval maps) is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at Durham University. His recent books include Medieval Maps, Mappa Mundi: The Hereford World Map, and Medieval Maps of the Holy Land. He is a Senior Fellow of the British Academy.
Dr. Andrew Cook (Age of Empire maps) is Map Archivist of the India Office Records of the British Library and lectures frequently on cartography in the Age of Empire.
Dr. Christopher Board (Modern maps) was awarded an OBE in 2005 for his services to cartography. Until his retirement, he lectured in cartography at the London School of Economics. He is chair of the UK Committee for Cartography, and has been Chairman of the ICA Commission on Cartographic Communication, President of the UK Society of Cartographers, and President of the British Cartographic Society.