Mapping the world

an illustrated history of cartography
Author: Ralph E. Ehrenberg,National Geographic Society (U.S.)
Publisher: Natl Geographic Society
Category: History
Page: 256
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Mapping the World is a one-of-a-kind collection of cartographic treasures spanning thousands of years and many cultures, from an ancient Babylonian map of the world etched on clay to the latest high-tech maps of the earth, the seas, and the skies above. With more than one hundred maps and other illustrations and an introduction and commentary by Ralph E. Ehrenberg, former Chief of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, this book tells a fascinating story of geographic discovery, scientific invention, the art of mapmaking, and the efforts of mapmakers everywhere to render our shape-shifting world in ever more innovative and meaningful ways. The book draws from the finest map collections in the world, including the libraries of the National Geographic Society, the Library of Congress, and the British Library, and is organized into several chronological sections. Each section includes a brief introduction that places the maps in their historical context, followed by a gallery of cartographic masterpieces from different parts of the world, giving readers a unique comparative perspective on the state of geographic knowledge and mapmaking during different historical periods. Special "portfolios" within each section feature key cartographic innovators and maps of exceptional artistic quality or significance, such as the Waldseemuller Map, the first to use the name America; or the life and work of a groundbreaking cartographer, such as Gerardus Mercator, who gave us the Mercator projection; or the latest computer-generated maps that open new windows on the cosmos. In addition to including examples of all the world's most prized and famous maps of exploration and discovery, the book features many other examples of maps that rarely get the attention they deserve---geological maps, road maps, prisoner escape maps, tourist maps, city maps, military situation maps, mental maps, and much more. With its broad historical and cultural range, unmatched variety of maps from many of the finest map collections in the world, more than one hundred illustrations, and a fresh and authoritative perspective on the history of cartography, Mapping the World will delight everyone with an interest in maps and mapmaking like no other book on the subject.

The Story of Maps

Author: Lloyd Arnold Brown
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486238733
Category: Travel
Page: 397
View: 8308
"An important and scholarly work; bringing together much information available heretofore only in scattered sources. Easily readable." — Gerald I. Alexander, F.R.G.S. Cartographer, Map Division, New York Public Library. The first authoritative history of maps and the men who made them. The historical coverage of this volume is immense: from the first two centuries A.D. — Strabo and Ptolemy — through the end of the 19th century, with some discussion of 20th-century developments. 86 illustrations. Extensive notes and bibliography. "Mr. Brown felicitously marries scholarship to narrative and dramatic skill." — Henry Steele Commager.

The World Through Maps

A History of Cartography
Author: John R. Short
Publisher: Firefly Books
ISBN: 9781552978115
Category: History
Page: 224
View: 5321
The author explores the colorful history of mapmaking, taking readers on a fascinating tour of the ideas and idealism that influenced cartography, from the Greeks who used information gleaned from Alexander the Great's conquests to improve their maps to the medievalists, who lost the Greek knowledge of the spherical earth.

Mapping the World

Stories of Geography
Author: Caroline Laffon,Martine Laffon
Publisher: Firefly Books Limited
ISBN: 9781554077816
Category: History
Page: 189
View: 8023
Looks at the history of cartography, from the first crude drawings to the satellite imagery of today.

A History of the World in Twelve Maps

Author: Jerry Brotton
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 1846145708
Category: Science
Page: 544
View: 7375
Jerry Brotton is the presenter of the acclaimed BBC4 series 'Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession'. Here he tells the story of our world through maps. Throughout history, maps have been fundamental in shaping our view of the world, and our place in it. But far from being purely scientific objects, world maps are unavoidably ideological and subjective, intimately bound up with the systems of power and authority of particular times and places. Mapmakers do not simply represent the world, they construct it out of the ideas of their age. In this scintillating book, Jerry Brotton examines the significance of 12 maps - from the mystical representations of ancient history to the satellite-derived imagery of today. He vividly recreates the environments and circumstances in which each of the maps was made, showing how each conveys a highly individual view of the world - whether the Jerusalem-centred Christian perspective of the 14th century Hereford Mappa Mundi or the Peters projection of the 1970s which aimed to give due weight to 'the third world'. Although the way we map our surroundings is once more changing dramatically, Brotton argues that maps today are no more definitive or objective than they have ever been - but that they continue to make arguments and propositions about the world, and to recreate, shape and mediate our view of it. Readers of this book will never look at a map in quite the same way again.

Mapping the World

The Story of Cartography
Author: Beau Riffenburgh,Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain)
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Limited
ISBN: 9780233004396
Category: History
Page: 160
View: 2292
Tells the story of the philosophers, travellers, artists, and scientists who contributed to the history of cartography, from prehistoric cave paintings to NASA Landsat maps in the twenty-first century.

Maps of the Imagination

The Writer as Cartographer
Author: Peter Turchi
Publisher: Trinity University Press
ISBN: 1595340947
Category: Fiction
Page: 246
View: 3490
In Maps of the Imagination, Peter Turchi posits the idea that maps help people understand where they are in the world in the same way that literature, whether realistic or experimental, attempts to explain human realities. The author explores how writers and cartographers use many of the same devices for plotting and executing their work, making crucial decisions about what to include and what to leave out, in order to get from here to there, without excess baggage or a confusing surplus of information. Turchi traces the history of maps, from their initial decorative and religious purposes to their later instructional applications. He describes how maps rely on projections in order to portray a three-dimensional world on the two-dimensional flat surface of paper, which he then relates to what writers do in projecting a literary work from the imagination onto the page.

Early Mapping of Southeast Asia

The Epic Story of Seafarers, Adventurers, and Cartographers Who First Mapped the Regions Between China and India
Author: Thomas Suarez
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462906966
Category: History
Page: 280
View: 6512
With dozens of rare color maps and other documents, Early Mapping of Southeast Asia follows the story of map-making, exploration and colonization in Asia from the 16th to the 19th centuries. It documents the idea of Southeast Asia as a geographical and cosmological construct, from the earliest of times up until the down of the modern era. using maps, itineraries, sailing instructions, traveler's tales, religious texts and other contemporary sources, it examines the representation of Southeast Asia, both from the historical perspective of Western exploration and cartography, and also through the eyes of Asian neighbors. Southeast Asia has always occupied a special place in the imaginations of East and West. This book recounts the fascinating story of how Southeast Asia was, quite literally, put on the map, both in cartographic terms and as a literary and imaginative concept.

History of the World in Maps

The Rise and Fall of Empires, Countries and Cities
Author: Times Atlases
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 9780008147792
Category: Historical geography
Page: 256
View: 3012
From Babylonian tablets to Google Maps, the world has evolved rapidly, along with the ways in which we see it. In this time, cartography has not only kept pace with these changes, but has often driven them. In this beautiful book, over 70 maps give a visual representation of the history of the world.

Putting America on the Map

The Story of the Most Important Graphic Document in the History of the United States
Author: Seymour I. Schwartz
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 9781615921775
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 5311
Seymour Schwartz provides a richly textured and illustrated biography of one of the most important maps in history by deftly placing this unique work within its geographical and historical context and recounting the major controversies associated with its creation, interpretation, and preservation. I recommend it to the casual reader as well as the serious student of history.-RALPH E. EHRENBERG, Former Chief, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress; Author of Mapping the World: An Illustrated History of CartographyThe general reader should rejoice that Dr. Seymour Schwartz has happily combined a personal and genial account of his investigations into the earliest maps of America with the detailed story of how the amazing Waldseemüller map from 1507 was invented, printed, lost, rediscovered, and finally bought by the U. S. Library of Congress. Dr. Schwartz draws us into his tale with his infectious enthusiasm and well-informed connoisseurship.-H. C. ERIK MIDELFORT, C. Julian Bishko Professor of History, University of VirginiaSchwartz's superb research takes us back to the early sixteenth century with a riveting tale of the history of America's first map - a must read for map lovers and historians.-DAVID A. COBB, Curator, Harvard Map Collection; Co-editor of Mapping BostonIn 1507, a German cartographer created a world map that, for the first time, included the continental landmasses in the Western Hemisphere, discovered within the 15 previous years. He inserted the name America on the southern continent, honoring Amerigo Vespucci, who had erroneously been credited with setting foot on South American soil before Christopher Columbus. With the aid of the newly invented printing press, the name America became the accepted designation of land in the New World.In a colorful narrative that reads like a good mystery, Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz brings to life the amazing history of America's baptismal certificate. Since its creation the Waldseemüller World Map of 1507 has been surrounded by intrigues and controversies.Schwartz's compelling story, which includes many amazing twists and turns, also features cameo appearances by Alexander von Humboldt, Washington Irving, Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ogden Nash, J. Pierpont Morgan, Paul Mellon, and German Chancellors Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder.Seymour I Schwartz, MD (Pittsford, NY), a world-renowned surgeon, is the author of Gifted Hands: America's Most Significant Contributions to Surgery. He is equally renowned as a cartographic historian. He served on the board of directors of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and on the board of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, and is the author of The Mismapping of America, The Mapping of America (with Ralph E. Ehrenberg), and This Land Is Your Land, among other books.

Rethinking the Power of Maps

Author: Denis Wood
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 160623708X
Category: Social Science
Page: 335
View: 1488
A contemporary follow-up to the groundbreaking Power of Maps, this book takes a fresh look at what maps do, whose interests they serve, and how they can be used in surprising, creative, and radical ways. Denis Wood describes how cartography facilitated the rise of the modern state and how maps continue to embody and project the interests of their creators. He demystifies the hidden assumptions of mapmaking and explores the promises and limitations of diverse counter-mapping practices today. Thought-provoking illustrations include U.S. Geological Survey maps; electoral and transportation maps; and numerous examples of critical cartography, participatory GIS, and map art.

Mapping the Cold War

Cartography and the Framing of America’s International Power
Author: Timothy Barney
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469618559
Category: History
Page: 338
View: 7230
In this fascinating history of Cold War cartography, Timothy Barney considers maps as central to the articulation of ideological tensions between American national interests and international aspirations. Barney argues that the borders, scales, projections, and other conventions of maps prescribed and constrained the means by which foreign policy elites, popular audiences, and social activists navigated conflicts between North and South, East and West. Maps also influenced how identities were formed in a world both shrunk by advancing technologies and marked by expanding and shifting geopolitical alliances and fissures. Pointing to the necessity of how politics and values were "spatialized" in recent U.S. history, Barney argues that Cold War–era maps themselves had rhetorical lives that began with their conception and production and played out in their circulation within foreign policy circles and popular media. Reflecting on the ramifications of spatial power during the period, Mapping the Cold War ultimately demonstrates that even in the twenty-first century, American visions of the world--and the maps that account for them--are inescapably rooted in the anxieties of that earlier era.

Visions of the World

A History of Maps
Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781840008340
Category: Travel
Page: 176
View: 8351
From before the age of printing to modern satellite imaging, Visions of the World tells the compelling story of the cartographers, explorers, and surveyors who have mapped our earth. It’s a fresh and beautifully illustrated book, not limited to the traditional Eurocentric view but also aware of different cultures across the globe. What it reveals is fascinating, because maps not only provide a glimpse of how societies view themselves in relation to the world, they also can be tools to distort knowledge, fool enemies, or build and administer empires. View the world through ancient eyes, in the wake of Columbus, during the age of empire, and through the heyday of commerce and imperialism—before examining the revolutions in our own time.

A History of the World in 12 Maps

Author: Jerry Brotton
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101637994
Category: History
Page: 544
View: 2617
A New York Times Bestseller “Maps allow the armchair traveler to roam the world, the diplomat to argue his points, the ruler to administer his country, the warrior to plan his campaigns and the propagandist to boost his cause… rich and beautiful.” – Wall Street Journal Throughout history, maps have been fundamental in shaping our view of the world, and our place in it. But far from being purely scientific objects, maps of the world are unavoidably ideological and subjective, intimately bound up with the systems of power and authority of particular times and places. Mapmakers do not simply represent the world, they construct it out of the ideas of their age. In this scintillating book, Jerry Brotton examines the significance of 12 maps - from the almost mystical representations of ancient history to the satellite-derived imagery of today. He vividly recreates the environments and circumstances in which each of the maps was made, showing how each conveys a highly individual view of the world. Brotton shows how each of his maps both influenced and reflected contemporary events and how, by considering it in all its nuances and omissions, we can better understand the world that produced it. Although the way we map our surroundings is more precise than ever before, Brotton argues that maps today are no more definitive or objective than they have ever been. Readers of this beautifully illustrated and masterfully argued book will never look at a map in quite the same way again. “A fascinating and panoramic new history of the cartographer’s art.” – The Guardian “The intellectual background to these images is conveyed with beguiling erudition…. There is nothing more subversive than a map.” – The Spectator “A mesmerizing and beautifully illustrated book.” —The Telegraph From the Trade Paperback edition.

Mapping Discord

Allegorical Cartography in Early Modern French Writing
Author: Jeffrey N. Peters
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9780874138474
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 286
View: 6413
Mapping Discord examines a series of allegorical maps published in France during the seventeenth century that cast in spatial terms a number of heated aesthetic and social debates. It discusses the convergence of map-making and literary creation in the context of early modern cartographic practice, and demonstrates that the unique language of allegorical cartography raises important theoretical questions about the relations between rationalist discourses of science and the figural designs of imaginative writing. In detailed analyses of the imaginary maps that appeared in seventeenth-century novels and stories, as well as of maps, atlases, and geographic treatises produced by professional scholars and engineers of the period, Mapping Discord considers the ideological structure and uses of cartographic language, and argues that allegorical maps have much to tell us about the potential capacity of every map to operate as a visual metaphor for power. Illustrated, Jeffrey N. Peters is Associate Professor of French at the University of Kentucky.


A Cartographic History
Author: John Rennie Short
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226753662
Category: Science
Page: 160
View: 4843
The first general history of Korea as seen through maps, Korea: A Cartographic History provides a beautifully illustrated introduction to how Korea was and is represented cartographically. John Rennie Short, one of today’s most prolific and well-respected geographers, encapsulates six hundred years of maps made by Koreans and non-Koreans alike. Largely chronological in its organization, Korea begins by examining the differing cartographic traditions prevalent in the early Joseon period in Korea—roughly 1400 to 1600—and its temporal equivalent in early modern Europe. As one of the longest continuous dynasties, Joseon rule encompassed an enormous range and depth of cartographic production. Short then surveys the cartographic encounters from 1600 to 1900, distinguishing between the early and late Joseon periods and highlighting the influences of China, Japan, and the rest of the world on Korean cartography. In his final section, Short covers the period from Japanese colonial control of Korea to the present day and demonstrates how some of the tumultuous events of the past hundred years are recorded and contested in maps. He also explores recent cartographic controversies, including the naming of the East Sea/Sea of Japan and claims of ownership of the island of Dokdo. A common theme running throughout Short’s study is how the global flow of knowledge and ideas affects mapmaking, and Short reveals how Korean mapmakers throughout history have embodied, reflected, and even contested these foreign depictions of their homeland.

The Fourth Part of the World

The Epic Story of History's Greatest Map
Author: Toby Lester
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847652808
Category: History
Page: 464
View: 5332
The Waldseemller Map of 1507 introduced an astonishing collection of cartological firsts. It was the first map to show the New World as a separate continent, alongside Europe, Africa and Asia - and the first on which the word 'America' appears. It was the first map to suggest the existence of the Pacific. It was, in short, the first map to depict the whole world as we know it today. Beautiful, fascinating and revealing, it arrived on the scene as Europeans were moving out of the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, thanks to a tiny group of European mapmakers who pieced together ideas going back to the ancients and through Marco Polo to Vespucci. In The Fourth Part of the World, Toby Lester charts the amazing and colourful history of this map, whose profound influence has been neglected for centuries and which changed the world-view of all humankind.

Mapping the Second World War

The History of the War Through Maps from 1939 to 1945
Author: Peter Chasseaud,The Imperial War Museum
Publisher: Collins
ISBN: 9780008136581
Page: 304
View: 602
More than 150 maps tell the story of how this global war was fought. The types of maps featured include strategic maps showing theaters of war, frontiers, and occupied territories; maps covering key battles and offensives on major fronts; planning and operations maps showing defenses in detail; propaganda and educational maps for the armed forces and general public; maps showing dispositions of Allied and enemy forces; and bomber and V-weapon target maps. Descriptions of key historical events accompany the maps, giving an illustrated history of the war from an expert historian. The key topics covered include the 1939 Invasion of Poland; the 1940 German invasion of Low Country and France; the 1940 Battle of Britain and German invasion threat; the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor; the 1942 turning points of Midway, Alamein, and Stalingrad; Barbarossa nada the Eastern front from 1941-1945; the War at Sea; the advances to Jerusalem, Damascus, and Baghdad; the War in the Air; and the 1944 operations of Neptune and Overlord, plus D-Day and the liberation of France.

How to Lie with Maps, Third Edition

Author: Mark Monmonier
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022643608X
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 256
View: 6354
An instant classic when first published in 1991, How to Lie with Maps revealed how the choices mapmakers make—consciously or unconsciously—mean that every map inevitably presents only one of many possible stories about the places it depicts. The principles Mark Monmonier outlined back then remain true today, despite significant technological changes in the making and use of maps. The introduction and spread of digital maps and mapping software, however, have added new wrinkles to the ever-evolving landscape of modern mapmaking. ​Fully updated for the digital age, this new edition of How to Lie with Maps examines the myriad ways that technology offers new opportunities for cartographic mischief, deception, and propaganda. While retaining the same brevity, range, and humor as its predecessors, this third edition includes significant updates throughout as well as new chapters on image maps, prohibitive cartography, and online maps. It also includes an expanded section of color images and an updated list of sources for further reading.

Theater of the World

The Maps that Made History
Author: Thomas Reinertsen Berg
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316450782
Category: History
Page: 432
View: 3857
A beautifully illustrated full-color history of mapmaking across centuries-- a must-read for history buffs and armchair travelers. Theater of the World offers a fascinating history of mapmaking, using the visual representation of the world through time to tell a new story about world history and the men who made it. Thomas Reinertsen Berg takes us all the way from the mysterious symbols of the Stone Age to Google Earth, exploring how the ability to envision what the world looked like developed hand in hand with worldwide exploration. Along the way, we meet visionary geographers and heroic explorers along with other unknown heroes of the map-making world, both ancient and modern. And the stunning visual material allows us to witness the extraordinary breadth of this history with our own eye