By Jerry Brotton
“Maps enable the armchair visitor to roam the area, the diplomat to argue his issues, the ruler to manage his nation, the warrior to devise his campaigns and the propagandist to spice up his reason… wealthy and beautiful.” – Wall highway Journal
all through heritage, maps were primary in shaping our view of the realm, and our position in it. yet faraway from being only medical items, maps of the area are necessarily ideological and subjective, in detail certain up with the structures of energy and authority of specific occasions and locations. Mapmakers don't easily signify the realm, they build it out of the information in their age. during this scintillating booklet, Jerry Brotton examines the importance of 12 maps - from the virtually mystical representations of historical heritage to the satellite-derived imagery of this present day. He vividly recreates the environments and conditions within which all the maps used to be made, exhibiting how every one conveys a hugely person view of the realm. Brotton exhibits how every one of his maps either encouraged and mirrored modern occasions and the way, via contemplating it in all its nuances and omissions, we will higher comprehend the realm that produced it.
even supposing the best way we map the environment is extra specified than ever sooner than, Brotton argues that maps this day are not any extra definitive or aim than they've got ever been. Readers of this superbly illustrated and masterfully argued ebook won't ever examine a map in relatively an analogous manner again.
“A interesting and panoramic new historical past of the cartographer’s art.”
– The Guardian
“The highbrow heritage to those photographs is conveyed with beguiling erudition…. there's not anything extra subversive than a map.”
– The Spectator
“A enchanting and wonderfully illustrated book.”
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