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A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps Hardcover – 22 Oct 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (22 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022620247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226202471
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,462,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Charts the political and social upheavals of the last century by means of maps, digging below the functional surface to reveal how maps of the time reflected popular ideas, prejudices, and waves of progress. . . . The highly eclectic result serves in itself as a reminder of the myriad ways in which we see and interpret the world around us."--Claire Fallon "Huffington Post "

"Chronicles 'the first period of near-universal map literacy.' Its beautiful entries are not only traditional maps; the authors' careful language shows that some of the items that were 'printed, drawn, or otherwise constructed' last century were technically diagrams. Others showed imaginary places or were rendered as, for example, postcards. The images are accompanied by lengthy histories of the items and the circumstances under which they were created, making the work ideal for readers of cultural and cartographic history."--Henrietta Verma "Library Journal "

"It has been said that history is nothing more than chronology and geography. Two British specialists in antiquarian maps, Tim Bryars and Tom Harper, aim to prove this point with their book, A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps, setting forth maps that serve as historic markers of the 20th century. . . . A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps succeeds in showing how maps depict the brutalities and wonders of the last century."--Henry S. Cohn "The Federal Lawyer "

About the Author

Tim Bryars is an antiquarian map and book dealer living in London. Tom Harper is the British Library s curator of antiquarian mapping and coauthor of Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art, published by the British Library."

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By Big Jim TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2015
Format: Hardcover
In line with many other reviewers I was initially disappointed at the lack of clarity of some of the maps in this volume, especially those that cover more than one page which means that one has to break the spine of the book (an anathema to me) to see the detail. It then struck me that it it may not be the actual map that is the subject of discussion but what the maps represent so the actual detail may not be that important. Nevertheless I think that this does detract from what is otherwise an excellent, informative and often fascinating set of maps. I found the prose to be interesting without being earth shattering and there is a very definite bias towards "Western" maps and British maps in particular, which makes sense for a British publication, but it does mean that the book's title is somewhat disingenious as the maps hardly describe the history of the whole world. Whilst I have enjoyed dipping into this book I do think that the authors/publishers have missed a bit of a trick here by not producing the book in a larger format - although to be fair if it is just reproductions of maps you want there are endless other volumes out there, or else doing something like Jerry Brotton's History of the World in 12 Maps where the prose is the thing. Nevertheless I am pleased I purchased this book and it deserves its place in the old bookcase.
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A great book, well researched. However some of the text on the reproduced maps is so small that it is impossible to read.
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Absolutely lovely book - whimsical, informative, colourful - but it would have benefited from having a few inset enlargements of the maps - just selected sections. While you got a sense of each map, most were impossible to actually read. It would have been a bonus to see more clearly the level of detail available to the original reader.
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The perfect gift: It has something for everyone. A variety of reasons to enjoy having it around the house. Accessible on many and varied levels.

Start with a sound framework: A few pages for each year of the twentieth century. For each year, a gorgeous or fascinating map. (Usually gorgeous and fascinating). Accompany it with text to lead the reader from whereever they may be to a deeper understanding of maps, the universe and everything. Take care to stay out of a rut.

One of the great achievements of the book is the breadth of material in it, and the range of reasons for including it.

Let's start at 1984, to give you an idea of what I mean...

1984: A map of the world as imaginged by Orwell from 1948.
Then another map for 1984 (1983 was dnied a page): A map pronted by the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament of the area around Greenham Common, to facilitate the efforts of the CND demonstrators.
1985: "Guitar and the continent" (of Africa) celebrating the efforts of Bob Geldorf's Live Aid to raise awareness of the desperate poverty in Africa.

So! In just three pages, from literature to politics to philanthropy!

But not every year is represented by such weighty issues. 1926 saw the publication of Winnie-the-Pooh, and for 1926, you will find a certain map "Drawn by Me And Mr Shepard Helpd".

As Christopher Robin was but six, I hope we can forgive him missing the "e" in "helped"?

Mssrs Bryars and Harper, being somewhat older than six, have created a treasury I shall take great pleasure in dipping into to enrich my enjoyment of maps, and expand my knowlege of the century just gone.
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I have never had an interest in maps until I met Tim Bryars. After accidentally stumbling into his little shop, while on holiday in London, he captivated me with his knowledge and enthusiasm, and I have been a fan ever since. "A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps" is a beautiful collection of historical events chronologically arranged. The subjects are diverse and range from the troop positions in 1915 Gallipoli to a 1995 map showing internet traffic across the globe. It is rich in history, but also visually stunning. It is filled with information and fascinating facts, which I didn't even know I was interested in. Each page is concise, but filled with enough information to peak your interest and look into the topic in more detail. I honestly feel like I have a little piece of Tim talking to me on every page. If you want to buy a gift for someone and don't know what they like, I recommend this book.
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Looks brilliant- its a Christmas present but I will make sure I can read it
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Terrific book. Its light tone conceals deep knowledge and enthusiasm. Keep your own copy by the bed, and study a random page every time Thought for the Day comes on: it will be a more illuminating start to the morning! And it is going to make an excellent present for several lucky people, too...
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a lovely quality book with many interesting maps
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