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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 - maps of the world are unavoidably ideological and subjective - intimately bound up with the systems of power and authority of particular times and places. Mapmakers do not simply represent the world - they construct it out of the ideas of their age. 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. Brotton shows how each of his maps both influenced and reflected contemporary events and how - by reading it - we can better understand the worlds that produced it.Although the way we map our surroundings is changing - Brotton argues that maps today are no more definitive or objective than they have ever been - but that they continue to define - shape and recreate the world. Readers of this book will never look at a map in quite the same way again.... Please click here to ask a question
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