Maps That Made History

Maps That Made History

by Lez Smart


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Few people can resist the appeal of old maps, whether their interest is in history, geography, or beautiful cartography. Here we present 25 glorious examples, reproduced large-scale with magnified details. This thought-provoking collection features maps that record major and minor events; maps that have influenced and inspired; even maps that have deceived. Each gives a fascinating insight into the times in which it was created. Lez Smart tells the story behind each map and reflects on what it reveals about its makers and users, from the early cartographers to the Elizabethan explorers to the soldiers of the Second World War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781903365649
Publisher: National Archives (PRO), The
Publication date: 12/31/2004
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr. Lez Smart is a lecturer in education at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His interests include history and information technology; he has published widely on these subjects as they relate to education. Maps have always been a passion, informing his professional and leisure interests. He lives with his family in South London.

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jcbrunner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautifully printed British introduction to some of the world's most important maps (such as the Peutinger, Ptolemy's projection or Leo Belgicus). The author is particularly interested in land and coastline. For the early explorers, however, the sea and its perils were as important. The book also lacks a relief map (eg of the Alps) that show majestic peaks and valleys. Overall, it is a polished, worthy introduction to an important topic that has seen enormous change in recent years (see Google Earth).