Maps are not only plans of the path from A to B – from the earliest ages, they have served us make understanding of our planet, from the very local to the global. Each map, created as a progression over time, is not only a fantastic work of art in its own right but also shows us about our changing understanding of the planet.
Seldom, of course, maps show falsifications, and there are cases described here that are intended to change or influence our perception of the world around us. There are maps of continents and oceans mapped by brave explorers traveling into the unknown, at sea for years in little ships. For every example of a wonderfully embellished map that has survived, there must have been numbers of cartographers who died at sea or in ‘unknown parts.’ Maps are not just for perception and describing out physical world: they have an official use in defining interstate borders or individual plots of land, a social purpose in revealing who lives where, a military application in representing the plan of enemy locations, a political or propaganda use in showing one country or set at an advantage over others. All are depicted in this atlas, a history of the world in images from around the globe and all ages.
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication date: October 13, 2005
List Price: $38.22
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