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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Maps, This is For You., 23 Nov 2012
This review is from: A History of the World in Twelve Maps (Hardcover)
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I've always been fascinated by maps. I love them. Their attention to detail is astonishing.
Maps have played a huge part in the cultural development of our world and the way we look at it.
The selection includes: Muhammad al-Idrisi's infusion of what the Arabs salvaged and advanced from antique geographic knowledge into medieval Europe as of 1154; the cartographic christening of America in Martin Waldseemuller's world map of 1507 and the digital age's revolutionary reinvention of hitherto static two-dimensional map images in Google Earth as of 2012. Only five of the maps and their contextualisations are unexpected additions to the mix, but not arbitrary ones, since each merits the entry as ambassador of its era and culture, from the Korean worldview detailed in the Kangnido map of 1402 to Arno Peters' overly politically correct revisionist map projection of 1973.
I recommend this book - it's a new way of looking at our world through the eyes of the past.
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