A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton

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Brotton explores the ideology behind each mapmaker and the compelling “emotional forces” that he reveals about our civilization.
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“[A] mesmerizing and beautifully illustrated book.” —The Telegraph (London)

Maps are objects of endless fascination, and the urge to map is a basic human instinct. In this masterful study, historian and cartography expert Jerry Brotton reveals how maps—far from being objective documents—are intimately tied to the views and agendas of particular times and places. Beginning with Ptolemy’s Geography and ending with the satellite-powered behemoth of Google Earth, Brotton examines a dozen world maps from around the globe and through the centuries to trace the long road to our present geographical reality.

This is the kind of book map lovers and history buffs adore. Beautifully illustrated and brilliantly original, A History of the World in 12 Maps was a hit in the U.K. and certain to work its cartographic magic on American audiences.
 

About Jerry Brotton

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Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London and a leading expert in the history of maps and Renaissance cartography. His most recent book, The Sale of the Late King’s Goods: Charles I and His Art Collection (2006), was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize as well as the Hessell-Tiltman History Prize. He lives in London.
 
Published November 14, 2013 by Penguin Books. 544 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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on Sep 25 2013

Brotton explores the ideology behind each mapmaker and the compelling “emotional forces” that he reveals about our civilization.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Tom Holland on Aug 24 2012

Between the Mesopotamian scribe and the American astronaut, then, there stretched an immense ideological as well as technological gulf.

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Reviewed by Henrik Bering on Nov 22 2013

Maps have numerous purposes: They allow the armchair traveler to roam the world, the diplomat to argue his points...In addition, they can be extraordinarily beautiful, which is why the art lover collects them. All these facets are represented in British historian Jerry Brotton's rich "A History of the World in 12 Maps."

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