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A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps Hardcover – 22 Oct 2014
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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."
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
another present for the wife. She loved it , especially for the range of maps for different things and through the ages.Published 7 months ago by Mr T.
This maps in this atlas appear at first to have been included randomly, but on closer inspection have been selected to celebrate the immense diversity of twentieth century mapping. Read morePublished 23 months ago by ceriithomas
Really interesting book of historic UK maps. Bought as Xmas prezzie, so have not looked through all of them, but there is a good ratio of maps to text and recipient was very... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kate
One of those books which you will go back to again and again and always find something new. The information is astounding and varied with excellent artwork.Published 24 months ago by Helen Piper
A very unusual but thought provoking presentation of facts and statistics - memorable and with an unusual focus - just wish the maps were biggerPublished on 17 May 2015 by Briar Rose
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