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A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton


A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton

In this masterful study, historian and cartography expert Jerry Brotton argues that far from being purely objective, document maps are inevitably subjective expressions of the people who created them, intimately tied to the views and agendas of particular times and places.

The urge to map, to consciously orient ourselves within a larger context, is a basic human instinct. The graphic representation of land and space, whether it is etched into an ancient clay tablet or illuminated on a computer screen, says something very deep to us. in A History of the World in 12 Maps, Brotton examines a dozen world maps from around the globe and through the  centuries to trace the long road to our present geographical reality. Readers of this book will never look at a map in quite the same way again.

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 shortlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History.

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