By Jerry Brotton
A interesting examine twelve maps—from historic Greece to Google Earth—and how they replaced our world
during this masterful research, historian and cartography professional Jerry Brotton explores a dozen of history’s so much influential maps, from stone capsule to brilliant monitor. beginning with Ptolemy, "father of contemporary geography,” and finishing with satellite tv for pc cartography, A background of the realm in 12 Maps brings maps from classical Greece, Renaissance Europe, and the Islamic and Buddhist worlds to lifestyles and divulges their effect on how we—literally—look at our current world.
As Brotton indicates, the lengthy highway to our current geographical truth used to be rife with controversy, manipulation, and targeted pursuits trumping technology. during the centuries maps were wielded to advertise any variety of imperial, non secular, and financial agendas, and feature represented the idiosyncratic and uneasy fusion of technological know-how and subjectivity. Brotton additionally conjures the worlds that produced those awesome works of cartography and tells the tales of these who created, used, and misused them for his or her personal ends.
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