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5.0 out of 5 stars A little known slice of history told well, 10 Mar 2014
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Anna C (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mr. Selden's Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer (Hardcover)
Timothy Brook writes an absorbing account of a little-known forbidden map of the South China Sea that has much to tell. In the early 17th century, John Selden and Grotius were "the brightest people in the room" and together, through a collision of objectives, came to write the founding international laws of the sea. Britain had seen enclosures of the land: the new trade with China would shape the world and help legitimise the enclosures of the sea craved by Charles I in his rivalry with the Dutch in the eary days of the British Empire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pointless pleasure, 20 Aug 2014
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Miran Ali "I don't like anonymous reviewers" (Dhaka, Bangladesh) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mr. Selden's Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer (Hardcover)
I just completed the audiobook. Utterly pointless and wonderful. The entire book is about an obscure map, a potted history of 17th century Europe, the spice trade and so on. Read it when you want to relax. There isn't much of a point to it, except that it's wonderful to listen to the narrative of historical sleuthing and a world now gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mr seldens map of china, 16 Jan 2014
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i bought this book for a friend but am waiting for my opportunity to read it myself. very interesting book.
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