Penguin Book

A History of the World in Twelve Maps

Jerry Brotton

A magical book which explores how the world was seen at twelve points in history, through twelve extraordinary maps and the minds of those who made them.

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.

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. In each case, Brotton shows how the maps both influenced and reflected contemporary events and how, by reading these maps, we can better understand the worlds that produced them.

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, and led to him being short-listed for the THES Young Academic Author of the Year Award. He has also presented and contributed to various television programmes on history and the significance of maps.

Publication date
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Format TPS
234 x 153mm
64pp colour inset
Penguin Random House LLC (Joint Acquistions)
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Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
Audio (Unabridged)
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