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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841589691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841589695
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 2.9 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Mixes lavish illustration with academic rigour and engaging anecdotes. Those who read this book will never 'read' a map in quite the same way again' --Sunday Herald

'A real treasure of a book' --Alexander McCall Smith in the Mail on Sunday

'A splendiferous treat of text and illustration' --TC Smout, The Herald

'A beautiful tome' --Scotland Magazine

'A well crafted message is told of maps, Scotland, and Scottishness, and the connections between them; of how maps helped shape the nation as seen from within and without; and of how maps worked ideologically and in the everyday lives of the Scots to shape identity.' - Journal of Historical Geography. 'Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes and Charles W J Withers Scotland Mapping the Nation (Birlinn in association with the National Library of Scotland) is the first book to systematically exploit Scotland s treasure trove of maps as a major source for the history of the nation: beautifully produced with a text full of unexpected insights.' --Tom Devine, Scottish Review of Books

Some books are simply so magnificent in their scope and execution you know they are destined to become classics from the moment you open the cover and begin to turn the pages. "Scotland: Mapping the Nation" is one of those books, --Undisocvered Scotland

'A well crafted message is told of maps, Scotland, and Scottishness, and the connections between them; of how maps helped shape the nation as seen from within and without; and of how maps worked ideologically and in the everyday lives of the Scots to shape identity.' - Journal of Historical Geography. 'Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes and Charles W J Withers Scotland Mapping the Nation (Birlinn in association with the National Library of Scotland) is the first book to systematically exploit Scotland s treasure trove of maps as a major source for the history of the nation: beautifully produced with a text full of unexpected insights.' --Tom Devine, Scottish Review of Books

The wealth of illustrations and their variety, all with excellent descriptions, make every chapter a delight to read. I cannot recommend it highly enough, --Edinburgh University Club of Toronto newsletter

beautifully crafted and wholly accessible while still delivering academic insight --Geographical Magazine

About the Author

Chris Fleet studied Geography at the University of Durham. He is Senior Map Curator in the National Library of Scotland. In 2010, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Margaret Wilkes is a Member of the Steering Committee of the Scottish Maps Forum, a Director of The Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Convenor of its Collections & Information Committee and Joint Chairman of its Edinburgh Centre. Charles W.J. Withers is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and The Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. Wylie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov 2011
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As a Scot who is also a map freak, this book is an answers to my prayers. Not only is it a beautiful production, it is chock full of cartography of all shapes, sizes and intentions, with the authors abilities to explain this fascinating range of styles in an historic setting making the work unique. Brilliant concept! Scotland will never appear quite the same shape again!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Nov 2011
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Whilst documents and other written material are obvious resources that help shape our view of the past, maps too can say much about a nation's history. This is the first book to take maps seriously as a form of history, from the earliest representations of Scotland by Ptolemy in the second century AD to the most recent form of Scotland's mapping and geographical representation in GIS, satellite imagery and SATNAV. Compiled by three experts who have spent their lives working with maps, Scotland: Mapping the Nation offers a fascinating and thought-provoking perspective on Scottish history which is beautifully illustrated with complete facsimiles and details of hundreds of the most significant manuscript and printed maps from the National Library of Scotland and other institutions, including those by Timothy Pont, Joan Blaeu and William Roy, amongst many others.

If like me you think Scotland is the best nation in the world with a fantastic and captivating history you will love this book from page one. As a cartographer I love maps and Chris Fleets comment sums up my thoughts exactly.
"Every map is a work of art and of science. Maps help frame the pictures people have of the world and help illuminate our understanding of the relationships between things and places. In these and in other ways, maps are fascinating and vital documents and that is why they play -- and have played -- an intrinsic part in most people's lives."
Buy this book and you will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John D. Fleet on 1 Dec 2011
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This book fills a gap in the market and is beautifully presented and illustrated. Although there were 3 authors they obviously know one another well and the writing is seamless. The book teaches the subject well and is a great credit to the authors
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Allison on 1 Jan 2012
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This is a beautiful volume and is certainly most comprehensive in its historical perspective of mapping Scotland. One suggestion - look out (or purchase) a magnifying glass to see all the fine details in the maps! Highly recommended.
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